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Yara joined ISC’s Volunteer Program in June 2016 and from the start she has been very active in the program.  As an ISC volunteer, she completed various interpretation and translation assignments from Arabic into English and vice versa, and also assisted with the delivery of computer classes for Syrian refugees. So far she contributed over 75 volunteer hours to several different ISC programs. Here is her story.

To celebrate Canada’s 150, London Drugs “adopted” two ISC families who are new to Canada. Over the last few weeks, London Drugs Brentwood location has been working with their customers to provide these two families with some donations to help them settle into their new homes here in Calgary.

Before moving to Canada from Iran two years ago, Somayeh was an ESL teacher for 13 years. Soon after moving to Calgary, she became a certified ESL instructor through TESL, Canada recognized teacher training program.

Through accessing ISC’s services for newcomers, Somayeh became more familiar with our organization and expressed an interest in opportunities to help others.

“I got familiar with different programs at Immigrant Services Calgary. I met new people who were very helpful. I attended different workshops, and then I decided to volunteer.”

This summer, ISC is offering the Connections Summer Program for immigrant and refugee children age 8-12 who have been in Canada less than five years.

Anne joined ISC’s Volunteer Program in March 2016, because she wanted to utilize her skills by involving herself with the community and helping others. She had experience with tutoring children and enjoyed working with them, so being a volunteer tutor was the perfect fit for her.

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