I had the pleasure of my first site visit to Calgary this past month. I was welcomed by Calgary Immigrant Services staff and got a wonderful tour on one of their program facilities at the Genesis Wellness Centre which was a state of the art facility with many services for families including the YMCA, library and 1000 Voices programs.

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I joined them as they facilitated the Healthy Together : Happy Healthy Beginnings program for children age 0 to 6 and their families. I watched a wonderful adaptation for the children allowing them to be in an “adult sized” kitchen.

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The staff brought a small table into kitchen and the children ripped lettuce for pita pockets with enthusiasm and they cleaned the table with as dedication to the task.

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The final table was a wonderful buffet of food created by the families for the enjoyment of all!

Well done Calgary on a wonderful program.

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