CCI-LEX Develops Innovative Ways to Deliver ESL to Newcomers
Initially published in the June edition of Diversity Magazine
Diversity and inclusion in Canadian society starts with effective newcomer settlement and integration. Cultural Connections Institute The Learning Exchange (CCI-LEX), a non-profit organization based in Edmonton, has grown into a leader in this area through innovative ways to deliver English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to newcomers.
On June 19, 2017, the board shared a summary of their 2016-2017 year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Edmonton City Hall. Faced with the economic downturn and expansion that led to some challenges, CCI-LEX was able to establish itself as a Designated Learning Institute gaining accreditation from Languages Canada, and Immigration Canada. This means it can now admit international students; boost students’ numbers, as well as, increase revenue for future years.
CCI-LEX’s 2017 AGM was loaded with the election of new board members, appreciation of their army of passionate volunteers, celebration of their funders and donors, and presentations by; City of Edmonton Ward 6 Councillor, Scott McKeen, victorious students of their writing competition, and CCI-LEX’s exciting Treasurer, Benjamin deBoer, Dedicated President, Jillian Gamez, and visionary Executive Director, Anne-Marie Kallal.
A view shared by CCI-LEX’s Anne-Marie Kallal, Executive Director, “…we have positioned ourselves for success by creating new opportunities and by expanding our work into the broader community …”.
Tetyana Khramova attended CCI-LEX in 2010 when she was new to Edmonton. She very much wanted to improve her English so quickly that she took morning and evening classes. “…I was so pleased with the quality of the classes…,” Tetyana shared with Diversity Magazine at the 2017 AGM. As a teacher in her native Ukraine, she likes teaching and decided to expand her years of experience by volunteering in CCI-LEX’s Beginner course in 2011. She did so well that she was offered a paid job. “…I got my first paycheck at CCI-LEX,” Tetyana said during the interview. In 2013, she was offered a job as Career Mentorship Program Director at the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC), where she currently works.