about-us

Support. Unity. Friendship. Advancement.

OUR VISION:
Vietnamese women unite and have a voice in the community.
OUR MISSION:
Develop the potential of Vietnamese women and empower them to become active members of the community through friendship and learning opportunities.

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Support

Our charity organization provides financial, technical and humanitarian assistance within various charitable programs.
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Education

Our charity organization provides financial, technical and humanitarian assistance within various charitable programs.
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Adoption

Our charity organization provides financial, technical and humanitarian assistance within various charitable programs.
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Volunteering

Our charity organization provides financial, technical and humanitarian assistance within various charitable programs.

Our HistoryFoundation

The Calgary Vietnam Women's Association (CAVWA) was established by a group of Vietnamese women who wished to have a gathering space for Vietnamese women in Calgary in 2009, mainly to have friends, speak Vietnamese and exchange. The group met monthly for about two years at the Newcomers Center. Then, the seven group members decided to incorporate social action on August 8, 2011.

The Calgary Vietnamese Women's Association was officially launched in the Calgary community on December 17, 2011 with the witness of more than 250 Vietnamese friends in Calgary Vietnam. The Calgary Vietnamese Women's Association's original name was Friendship for Vietnamese Women Calgary, which was changed in 2012 to its current name, the Calgary Vietnamese Women's Association (CAVWA).

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MEMBERS OFTHE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Phuc Hong Nguyen ​​– Co-Chair

Quynh Le - Co-Chair, Director of Programming

Phuong Hoang – Vice President, Project and Fundraising Management

Mai Linh Nguyen – Treasurer

Linh Bui – Secretary

Ricky Nguyen – Director of Communications

Scott Thai – Director of Events and Membership

Ha Van Phan - Board Volunteer

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CALGARY VIETNAMESE WOMEN'S ASSOCIATIONIn the Community

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8 Main Services

Free Tax Return
Translation Assistance
English Classes for Vietnamese
Senior Support Program
Physical & Mental Enhancement Activities
Monthly Meetings
Arts and Cultural Celebration
Emergency Assistance During Disaster or Disease

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Members

CAVWA currently has more than 50 Members and 20 Volunteers. The association organizes 5 to 10 events a week for members and friends in the community.
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Year in ReviewCheck out the video.


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Sincere Thanks ToOur Sponsors and Funders

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SPECIAL THANKSTO PAST BOARD MEMBERS

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Honourable Sandy Chhoa, Chairwoman of the Executive Board, 2017, and Advisory Board Chair 2018-Present has significantly contributed to CAVWA over the years include:

  • Strategically led CAVWA in the transformative process by restructuring its organization and turning CAVWA’s traditional management to be the visionary governance board
  • Reformed the Executive Committee of Governance Board and established an Advisory Board to provide advice to the Board of Directors
  • Connected CAVWA with numerous ethnocultural community service associations such as
    Calgary Korean Women Association (CKWA), Malaysian Singaporean Bruneian Calgary
    Association (MSBCSA), Calgary Chinese Community Service Association (CCCSA), Sien Lok Association, Center for Newcomers, Calgary Immigrant Women Association (CIWA), Asian Heritage Foundation (AHF), Alberta Thai Association, and more
  • Maintained concrete networking with all Vietnamese associations in the community
  • Built, developed and sustained positive relationships with several well-known and respected non-profit organizations such as Action Dignity, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, Momentum, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary Arts Foundation, and Lions Club-Calgary
  • Gained sponsorships from business sector organizations such as RBC Bank, TD Bank, ATB
    bank, Connect First Credit Union, Pho Quynh, Pho Xuan, Trali, Infiniti Printing and Copying Ltd, and UMe Group Corporation
  • Directed CAVWA Board and Fundraising Committee to apply for essential government grants
  • Expanded networking with three levels of government (Municipal, Provincial, and Federal) by bringing the voice of the Vietnamese community to the government
  • Led CAVWA to collaborate with Calgary Korean Women Association to empower multicultural women to become active members in their communities through leadership development
  • Guided two organizations-CAVWA and CKWA, co-hosted the Mother’s Day Event in 2018 and received full support from communities leaders, business sectors, and government
  • Conducted CAVWA successfully opening the Vietnamese Cultural and Art Club in Dec 2018
  • Sustained CAVWA financial status by partnering meaningful projects with other stable
    organizations such as RESP and Canada Learning Bond One Time Grant project with Momentum
  • Constructed governance policies for CAVWA and firmed up advisory and wisdom boards to assist the executive board and committees for each program and project

Founding Members of CAVWA and supporting the association in its first years:
Linh Ha, Linh Bui, Sandy Lieu, Thao Dang, Lan Tran, Nancy Luu, Susan Ung, Hang Phung, Nguyen Ton.

The members of the Executive Committee have actively contributed to the Association in recent years:

Ms. Linh Bui
Member of the Executive Committee

Ms. Ha Nguyen
Former Executive Board Member

Ms. Zoong Nguyen
Former Executive Board Member

Ms. Linh Ha
Former Executive Board Member

Grace Chow
Former Board President (2015 - Jan 2017)

Thao Nguyen
Former Board President (Oct 2017 - Dec 2018)

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Donate to CAVWA

CAVWA welcomes the generosity of sponsors and friends in the community to continue programs and services that serve the community.
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Become a Member

Become a CAVWA Member to join CAVWA programs, get the latest information from community support programs and weekly events, and receive support when needed.
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Need support?

Contact CAVWA for assistance within the scope of our programs and services. You can also send us questions or concerns about other organizations' community services.