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Immigrant Services Calgary receives grant from Canada’s Volunteer Award on behalf of their long-time volunteer


Calgary, AB, September 8, 2016 – Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is pleased to congratulate long-time volunteer, Don Wall, for being presented with the 2016 Canada’s Volunteer Award in the category of Community Leader-Prairies Region. As part of the recognition package, Mr. Wall identified ISC as the eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant. These funds will support ISC’s existing Community Volunteer Program.

The Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA) recognizes the enormous contributions that volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and businesses across the country make to their communities. ISC’s long-time volunteer, Don Wall, received the prestigious award for his exceptional contribution to immigrants and refugees over the past three decades. The Community Leader award is extremely competitive as only one winner is chosen for each of the five regions across Canada. The Prairies Region includes the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

“Congratulations to Immigrant Services Calgary identified by Don Wall to receive a Government of Canada grant. Mr. Wall is the 2016 recipient of Canada’s Volunteer Awards Community Leader for the Prairies category. Organizations such as yours contribute to the well-being of Canadians and our communities” says The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

The $5,000 grant will support ISC’s Community Volunteer Program integrated three years ago within ISC’s Volunteer Program. The program recruits Canadians as well as newcomers as volunteers and encourages them to assist with the planning, implementation and delivery of community-based initiatives that address the needs of vulnerable newcomer populations.

“The program has united different non-profit organizations as well as thousands of volunteers to help and support the new members of the community. We have seen support groups for refugees, social clubs for immigrant seniors, English conversation groups, among other initiatives that have already enhanced the lives of newcomers” says Ho-Man Chan, Director of Settlement and Language Bank Centre of ISC.

ISC values the enormous contributions that volunteers make to the community and want to specially thank and congratulate Don Wall, for all his passion and dedication towards helping newcomers. ISC contributes to social inclusion and community cohesion by sustaining and deepening the involvement of volunteers in Calgary. 

ABOUT IMMIGRANT SERVICES CALGARY: ISC is a comprehensive settlement and integration agency that provides a wide range of programs and services to Calgary’s immigrant and refugee population. We are committed to working together with immigrants and their families to make Canada home.

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Maria Sol Freire                                                                                                                                               Communications Coordinator                                                                                                                        Immigrant Services Calgary