The following blog post was written by Tahira Ebrahim, Centre Liaison Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
As December arrives, our semester draws to another close. Similar to other semesters at the Intercultural Centre, this one has been filled with a myriad of activities. The IC hosted four Communal Table workshops, one Cultural Insights event, and two Teach your Talent activities, in addition to hosting TEDxBowValleyCollege 2015.
In September, the IC hosted Grow Calgary founder and CEO, Paul Hughes. Paul passionately shared the importance of urban farming and how as a community, we can improve food accessibility and reduce hunger in our city. Vist the Grow Calgary website to learn about opportunities to volunteer.
In October, the IC hosted the talented Tara Wilson, co-owner of PULSE Studios. Tara got us moving with her hip hop steps, and then inspired us by sharing her story of how she pursued her passion in dance and overcame obstacles to open her dance studio.
November was an eventful month at the IC:
- We hosted our second annual TEDxBowValleyCollege event that featured speakers from Bow Valley College and the external community. Videos will be available next week via YouTube.
- We also hosted two Teach Your Talent events: paper flower making and a beading workshop. Staff and learners were treated to instructional workshops on unique forms of artistry.
- We welcomed Ache Brasil Calgary to participate in our November Communal Table workshop on Capoeira for International Education Week. With nearly 100 participants, it was an energetic and memorable experience!
- To round out the month, Patsy English, and her daughter, BVC learner Stephanie English, provided a workshop on the Medicine Wheel, as part of our Cultural Insights series.
In December, we closed with our last Communal Table workshop, hosting Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters. Sebastian offered insight into their innovative processes and approaches to coffee. Our audience delighted in delicious coffee, as well as treats from Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, a previous Communal Table participant.
Visit the Centre's Photo Gallery to see IC event photos.
Our upcoming Winter semester promises to be equally as diverse and exciting! Stay tuned for details, during the first week of January 2016.