CIES will be hosting its 5th Annual Summer Festival on August 25, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The festival will be held at the artBOX on Calgary's International Avenue. The theme for this year's festival will be Celebrating Diversity. We expect to have as many as 500 attendees that will include clients, the general public, government representatives, funders, community partners, along with CIES staff and volunteers. A truly international organization, the CIES Summer Festival will promote multiculturalism, and connect different cultural and faith groups, as well as build and strengthen relationships among communities here in the great City of Calgary.
Upon informing the Office of the Mayor, Mayor Nenshi himself offered his support of the festival along with his praise for CIES as an important organization to the Calgary Community. His words are below and we couldn't be more thankful for his support. Details of our Celebrating Diversity Summer Festival are coming soon!
On behalf of the citizens of Calgary and my City Council colleagues, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society Summer Festival – Celebrating Diversity.
Calgary is a vibrant and welcoming city, and it is a place that many people from all over the world have chosen to call home. This festival provides an opportunity to celebrate the fact that, while we may come from many diverse backgrounds, we are more the same than we are different. As participants share their cultural traditions with each other, we can move toward a common understanding that will create an even stronger community. Since 1988, the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society has helped more than 200,000 newcomers adjust to life in our city, and for that they must be recognized.
I commend the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society for all that they do year round, and especially for bringing us together to demonstrate just how valuable their contribution is.
Naheed K Nenshi