18 December 2019, Calgary – Following the meeting between Philippine Consul General Zaldy Patron and Ms. Eva Szasz-Redmond, Director of Programs, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA), on 13 November 2019, the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary has been promoting CIWA’s Filipino Community Development Program (FCDP) to the Filipino community in Calgary.


Through the FCDP, CIWA helps members of the Filipinos in Calgary in their integration into Canadian society by conducting activities, such as family reunification workshops and support; parenting workshops; youth engagement activities; one-on-one counselling; in-home support; participation in social events; and resource referrals.  Filipinos in Calgary, regardless of their immigration status, can avail themselves of CIWA’s assistance.


The PCG, on the other hand, has been partnering with institutions that offer programs beneficial to the Filipino nationals. In performing this mandate, PCG offered to work together with CIWA.


“I am glad to know that CIWA recognizes the importance of the 75,000-strong Filipino community in Calgary and I thank CIWA for coming up with a specific program for them. I encourage my fellow Filipinos to participate in the various activities of CIWA that will help them adjust well and live productive lives in Calgary,” Consul General Patron mentioned in the various speaking engagements he had attended since his meeting with CIWA.


Under its partnership with CIWA, the PCG explains its consular services during CIWA’s Filipino reunification workshops. The PCG and CIWA also agreed to conduct employment skills training, cross-cultural parenting workshop and legal clinics that the Filipino community can join. Their first joint activity is the “Train to Work in Food Service” program that will be held in early 2020 and is open to Filipino participants.

A culturally diverse settlement agency, CIWA is a non-profit organization established in 1982 as a registered charity. More information about CIWA’s  FCDP may be obtained from END