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Executive Director of CAIWA awarded Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Medal


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Submitted by Robert Opoku on behalf of the board, management and staff of the Central Alberta Immigrant Women Association (CAIWA)

On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of CAIWA, I would like to congratulate our dear and indefatigable Executive Director, Halima Ali for being awarded a Queen Elizabeth‘s Platinum Jubilee Medal on Saturday December 10th, 2022. This award, as important as it is, crowned our Year- end party.

This award was delivered by Minister Adriana LaGrange, Alberta’s Minister of Education and Halima has the opportunity to be decorated by this honorable person including RCMP personnel.

The Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal will be awarded to 7,000 Albertans throughout this year in recognition of significant contributions these awardees have made to the province. Thus, this award is typically given to recognize contributions made by Canadians from a broad spectrum of society. Specifically, Halima has made and continues to make significant contribution to central Alberta’s diversity and inclusion goals.

I am happy that one from our own – Halima has been uniquely honoured. I am even happier that it was her. The award appropriately reflects the endless hours Halima has been spending to champion the needs of immigrant women, youth, and men in our region. Halima’s determination, self-discipline and hard work has finally paid dividends and provincially recognised.

I also would like to thank Abdul for being on Halima’s side all the time. Abdul, CAIWA is so thankful. You’re a champion too!

I also would like to acknowledge that our very own Sister Mary was honored alongside with Halima. I know this will not be a surprise to many.

Once again, on behalf of Board, Management and Staff of CAIWA, I wish you and sister Mary unlimited success in the future.


Robert Opoku

On behalf of the Board, Management and staff of CAIWA

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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