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This Season at the Intercultural Centre

  • This Season at the Intercultural Centre

The following blog post was written by Kelty Christensen, Learner Engagement Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

As 2015 comes to a close, the Intercultural Centre turns its attention to ways of supporting our local and global communities.

In late November, the ICan crew volunteered at the Samaritans Purse, Operation Christmas Child Processing Centre. Volunteers were responsible for inspecting and packing Christmas shoeboxes and making sure that each shoebox contained gifts that are appropriate for children and meet customs requirements. Shoeboxes are then delivered to children all around the world. The ICan Crew and other volunteers inspected over 3000 shoeboxes!

Many volunteers took empty shoeboxes home to create their own gift box for a child. One volunteer remarked, “I wish that I could come here every day!  I am so happy to know that I am doing something special for a child.”

In the month of December, the Intercultural Centre participated in collecting non-perishable food items for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.  One in nine Calgarians need the support of the Calgary Food bank and the Food Bank gives out more than 210 Emergency Food hampers per day during the holiday season. Most of these are for children (Calgary Food Bank, 2015).

Caring, giving, and sharing is the theme at the IC this month and the Intercultural Centre greatly appreciates the generosity of donations that have been received from BVC faculty, staff, and students. 

This season brings about many opportunities to show support to various communities.  We would love to hear about your ideas on how you support community.


Fast Facts. (2015). Calgary Food Bank. Retrieved from