Calgary Map: Wards and Communities

The City of Calgary is divided into 14 Wards.  Each Ward is comprised of multiple communities and represented by a City Councilor. You can find more information about your Ward, its communities, and City Councilor on the City of Calgary’s Wards and Communities Map. The City of Calgary also provides Ward Profiles which include information on the demographics of each Ward based on the Census of Canada data.  Community profiles are also available from the Calgary Community Social Statistic Profiles page.

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Mapping Your Community

In order to serve effectively individuals and churches must take the time to map their community to understand the changes taking place around them. This “Neighbourhood Mapping Resource” provides helpful information on how to map your community.

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Newcomer Maps

The City of Calgary has a wide range of maps available on their website.  These maps provide information on a variety of topics from what Languages are spoken throughout the city, to where to find different social programs and services around town, to public transportation maps. See the City of Calgary Maps Here

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The Finding Our Way

The Finding Our Way resource is a practical, interdenominational Guide To Action for congregational leaders in Canada developed from the Role of Churches Research project. It features 11 key strategies (described as “Wayfinding Actions”) that Church leaders can use in working with – and learning from – immigrants and refugees. This Guide to Action also encourages individuals and groups to balance the “doing” of settlement and integration ministry with the “being” of a cultivated spirit of love, friendship and welcome. The Finding Our Way resource builds on a series of interviews, case studies, and surveys with faith leaders from across Canada.

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211 Alberta

211 Alberta – Links to settlement services for newcomers including employment programs, language training, interpretation services, etc., 211 Alberta is a directory of community, government and social service agencies in the province. A directory of community, social, health and government services. This will help you and your church locate services for: Aboriginal peoples, child and family, youth, employment and training, homelessness and much more. UReach’s desire is to see Christians and Churches engage in and bringing transformative change to individuals and the larger community; we trust resources such as this will be a helpful resource.

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Canadian Bible Society

From the Canadian Bible Society website: Formally founded in 1904 and chartered in 1906, the Canadian Bible Society is a member of the United Bibles Societies, a fellowship of 145 national Bible societies around the world. The societies work in partnership with churches and other Bible agencies to facilitate and support translation and Scripture distribution work around the globe. CBS exists to reach every man, woman, and child with the life-giving Word of God. Our core mandates include translation, publication, distribution and engagement – encouraging the use of God’s life-giving Word. http://www.biblesociety.ca/

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Christian Churches and Immigrant Support in Canada: An Organizational Ecology Perspective

by Sam Reimer, Mark Chapman, Rich Janzen, James Watson, and Michael Wilkinson Abstract: Canada receives roughly 250,000 immigrants each year, and the government spends considerable resources on assisting them to settle and integrate into Canadian society through the agencies they support. Most of these new immigrants settle in Canada’s largest cities, where churches meet specific needs that extend beyond the capacities of government agencies. In smaller centers, churches cover a wide range of services because few government supports are available. Little is known about the work of churches in Canada in spite of their importance to immigrant settlement and integration. In this study, we examine the services offered to immigrants by Canadian Christian churches. We show how the service provision of Christian churches is constrained by other organizations and groups in their environment, in ways consonant with the organizational ecology framework. Specifically, churches service the needs of immigrants by adapting to specific niche needs and by filling in gaps left by other service providers. Reference: Reimer, Sam, Mark Chapman, Rich Janzen, James Watson, and Michael Wilkinson. 2016. Christian Churches and Immigrant Support in Canada: An Organizational Ecology Perspective. Review of Religious Research 1-19. http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s13644-016-0252-7 To access this article: 1. Login to

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Creating a World of Welcome: On Mission at Home

 By Mark Chapman Syrian refugees are in the news but Canadian churches have been developing relationships with immigrants since immigrants first arrived on the shores of what is now Canada. The recent needs of Syrian refugees and the ongoing diversification of Canadian society have brought immigrants concerns to the attention of churches across Canada.   “What was once true only in Toronto and Vancouver is now true in places like Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and small communities in New Brunswick and places like that… These are communities that have been stable and white and are now being infused with color and accent. The huge cities weren’t ready for it 15 years ago, and the churches in the small towns are not ready for it now. We need to help them take on the challenge that’s before them.” A recent project on the Role of Churches in Immigrant Settlement and Integration aimed to help meet this need. The good news is that most churches already have the resources they need to make a difference. Canadian churches are happy to have immigrants come to their churches but they sometimes know little about how to help immigrants establish themselves in Canada or in the

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