“NeST: Update Sept 1st 2017”

The Al Jbawi family are doing well in settling into their new life in Calgary. The parents are already in the LINC program (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), learning English everyday. The children are all registered and excited to start school in this month, with some excellent extra language support in place. NeST Volunteers go to the home twice a week to help them further with their English.

All last week the boys played soccer with ‘Soccer Without Boundaries’ which took place just across the road from where they live. This week it’s school intakes and transport orientation to and from schools.

Those of us involved with NeST are grateful for all contributions of time, furniture etc., and financial, towards this super family.

Calgary Clarinet Choir: Charity Concert

Join The Calgary Clarinet Choir on August 27th at 2:30pm. The Calgary Clarinet Choir is the city’s newest chamber group, featuring exclusively Calgary based clarinet players: Elaine Cheung (Bb), Jamie Ching (Bass), Corey De Baat (Bb/Eb), Carlene Kalin (Bb/Bass/Contrabass), Kimberly Linkert (Bb), Kaj Morawski (Bb), Annette Yeh (Bb/Alto), Eric Yeh (Bb). It began as an excuse for University of Calgary musicians to play fun arrangements with each other, and has now expanded to include talent from the community.

The CCC plays both arrangements of well-known works, and music written for clarinet ensemble for as few as three and as many as eight musicians. This is a non-profit group that simply enjoys playing the clarinet!

This will be the Choir’s first concert away from the University of Calgary, and all proceeds of this inaugural concert will go to the Calgary Philharmonic’s charity outreach program: PhilKids . Admission is by donation.

NeST: Update July 27th 2017

Khalil and Kholoud very graciously hosted an Open House last Sunday for the volunteers assisting them in settling into Calgary. They know that the people they have met so far represent a wider community of support and friendship and they wanted to express their gratitude to everyone, including the volunteers they have yet to meet.

A great deal has been accomplished over the past month to help the family feel welcome in Calgary. They, in turn, wanted to welcome us into their home for a celebration. There was much lively conversation despite the language challenges and we were presented with a vast array of wonderful, home-made Syrian food, along with their sincere thanks. We are equally grateful to be a part of their lives.”