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Enduring stories of challenges and triumphs Champions of Alberta Avenue project released in November

On Nov. 4, Arts on the Ave (AOTA) is debuting Champions of Alberta Avenue, a project celebrating stories of immigrant business owners along 118 Avenue.

The event will be held at Parkdale-Cromdale Community League and is part of AOTA’s Fall Pub Night Fundraiser. The project includes photography, a short film, and written profiles.

Continue to look here for condensed profiles of business owners, written by Shirley Serviss. Continue reading Enduring stories of challenges and triumphs Champions of Alberta Avenue project released in November

Stories of Alberta Avenue business owners Champions of Alberta Avenue project released in the next few months

This summer, Arts on the Avenue (AOTA) worked on Champions of Alberta Avenue, which showcases stories of immigrant business owners along 118 Avenue. In October-November, the project’s photography, a short film, and written profiles will be released. The Carrot Coffeehouse will host the premier of the photography and written profiles beginning Oct. 1. Over the next several months, look here for condensed profiles of business owners (written by Shirley Serviss) featured in the project. Continue reading Stories of Alberta Avenue business owners Champions of Alberta Avenue project released in the next few months

Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

“You were not created to live an average life. You were created to be a history maker.” – Unknown author

Sitting in the airplane coming to Canada, I meditated on this spiritual quote. I was 19 years old, a sponsored immigrant from Rwanda, and I didn’t speak English.

As a young African woman, I have a great desire to share my life experience with many people and use all my abilities to make a positive impact. As a Tutsi genocide survivor in Rwanda who is overcoming the tragedy of my past, I have a lot to share. Continue reading Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

Helping immigrants settle and integrate Organization helps African immigrant youth and families make Edmonton home

Through the Sinkunia Community Development Organization (SCDO), Issa Kamara has translated a passion for helping his community in Sierra Leone into helping his adopted community of Edmonton.

Everyone in Kamara’s rural hometown supported him as he completed his bachelor’s degree. In 2000, he moved to Canada and completed a master’s degree in social work. In 2008, Kumara started Sinkunia as a way to return the support he had been given throughout his life. His hometown now boasts wells, a community garden, and a community ranch through his efforts.

Continue reading Helping immigrants settle and integrate Organization helps African immigrant youth and families make Edmonton home