It has been said that the action of a volunteer is like a pebble thrown into a pond: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. This week marks the 74th annual National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize and give thanks to Canada’s thousands of volunteers.
From its very beginnings the very backbone of C.I.E.S. has been its volunteers. From one office, a couple of folding chairs, and 5 volunteers we have grown into one of the very pillars of Calgary's immigrant sector. Our once single office now has grown into a 15,000 square foot building in the SE , a 22,000 square foot building in the NE, and more than 80 staff. That being said, our backbone continues to be our volunteers, as more than 100 people donate their time to help serve the CIES vision - to provide Calgary immigrants and economically disadvantaged individuals with a solid foothold in Canada and afford them the opportunities to grow into productive and confident Canadians.
To all our volunteers... we could not have served the community the last 27 years, nor could we continue to help make our city a better place without you.
From all of here at C.I.E.S. a heartfelt thank you. You continue to represent the very soul of our organization and we will always be eternally grateful.