Welcome to a new home
Imagine finding a new home, job and friends
while learning a new culture, language and
skills in a new country. More than 3,000
Syrian refugees will do just that in Alberta
How they are welcomed sets in motion how
they will become part of our community.
“Having support is important to make a
new place a home,” says Admasu Tachble,
general manager of the Centre for Newcomers
in Calgary. “We can all help our new Syrian
neighbours become part of our communities.”
He offers five tips:
• Be part of community welcoming projects
• Connect with community groups or
settlement agencies to assist with
transportation, donations, interpretation
and translation, teaching English as a
second language and getting to know
new arrivals. Everyone has skills that can
be shared, Tachble says
• Give to local and international
• Join the conversation on Twitter and
Facebook at WelcomeRefugees
• Show what it means to be Canadian:
welcoming, understanding, empathic and
tolerant of others.
— Amy Sawchenko
Visit cic.gc.ca/english/refugees for
Ready or not for baby
A new AHS website can help
Whether you’re ready to have a baby or not,
it’s helpful to have a plan. Especially because
40 per cent of pregnancies (some 23,000) in
Alberta are unplanned—surprise!
When you and your partner are healthy
before pregnancy, your baby is more likely to
be born with fewer complications, at a healthy
weight and have better lifelong health.
Unsure if or when you’re ready for a baby?
This also takes some thought and planning.
Find information on birth control, safer sex
practises, how age affects fertility and
ways to improve your overall physical and
If you’re ready to start trying for a family, learn
what you can do to increase your chances of
being healthy and having a healthy baby.
Find information on folic acid, avoiding alcohol
and tobacco, reducing stress, seeing an expert
For more information, visit