As our city’s population grows, so too does the diversity of people who call Calgary home. It is projected that by 2020, Calgary’s immigrant population will reach almost half a million. Making sure that newcomers feel accepted and supported helps them adapt and settle into their new country. For immigrant and refugee families, the role of schools plays an integral role in their successful integration.
We understand that adjusting to a new school environment can be stressful for anyone, especially people who are unfamiliar with Canadian culture and society. This is why we created the Connections for Multi-Cultural Students program, which is offered in partnership with the Calgary Catholic School District. The program goal is to give students and families a sense of belonging, ownership and inspire active involvement in school life.
- 100% of parents surveyed reported that they feel more connected to their child’s teacher
- 97% of parents identified that they have increased skills/strategies on parenting
- 95% of parents said that their child has increased strategies to cope with challenges at school
- 80% of teachers said they found communication with parents improved
At CFS, our role is to serve as a conduit for communication, integration and cultural understanding between parents, students and school personnel. Throughout the school year, our trained staff provide referrals and teach families how to access community services, advocate for students and their families, and help parents understand how the school systems work, including their rights, roles and responsibilities.
For more information, contact Tara Horsley at 403-205-5290 or firstname.lastname@example.org
250, 707 – 10 Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2R 0B3
Main Office Hours
Monday: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM