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Seniors’ Week World Café: In Conversation with Research

  • Seniors’ Week World Café: In Conversation with Research

The following blog post was written by Jennifer Caswell, Community Liaison Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement (CEIIA).

The city and province celebrated Seniors' Week June 5 - 11.  On June 5, at Bow Valley College, we were excited to host nearly 40 community and college guests at a research presentation and collaborative discussion in support of the CEIIA's Enhancing the Wellbeing of Immigrant Women Retirees research project.

With the support of the project’s steering committee, Dr. Martha Fanjoy and her team of research assistants shared some of their early insights and then asked participants to consider the life experiences of immigrant women as they move toward retirement.

Representatives from a diverse range of community service agencies and local government, alongside BVC faculty, enjoyed robust table discussions that provided necessary and valuable insights for the research team. But more importantly, the world café raised awareness and asked participants to consider how they may connect this research and its emerging outcomes to their frontline, daily practices.

Moving forward into phase two of the project, the research team together with their community partner – Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association – will work directly with a group of immigrant women retirees to co-create programming that aims to foster civic engagement for seniors in Calgary.

This federally-funded project complements the CEIIA’s commitment to providing specific programming for Calgary’s seniors including the 55+ ELL classes - Everyday English and Culture and Community - offered from beginner to advanced levels that go beyond language skills to encourage social interaction.

Knowing that our community is experiencing a significant demographic shift – and understanding the vital contributions people make throughout their life course – the CEIIA understands the importance of engaging in both research and programming that contributes to the wellbeing of immigrant seniors. 

To learn more about the ongoing research project, contact Martha Fanjoy at and please direct questions about our 55+ ELL class to Joanne Robarts at p. (403) 410-3408 | e.

Working in partnership with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, this research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.