Grand Opening of CCCSA
September 8, 2017 marked a significant milestone for CCCSA as we held our Grand Opening at our new office at 1406 Centre Street NE. The ceremony was officiated by Jamie Kleinsteuber MLA for Calgary-Northern Hills, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, our founder Ms. Teresa Woo-Paw, our Co-chairs, Mr. Norman Poon, Mr. Thomas Cheuk, our Advisor, Mr. James Wong and Executive Director, Ms. Lily Kwok.
Close to 200 guests attended our Grand Opening. Among them are dignitaries Mr. Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Gao Zhenting, Deputy Consul-General, Mr. Richard Gotfried MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek, MLA for Calgary-Foothills, representative from the office of Ms. Anam Kazim, MLA for Calgary-Glenmore, representative from the office f Karen McPherson MLA for Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill and Mr. Sean Chu, City Councilor.
Besides the ribbon cutting, the fun part is having our VIPs to help cut a pig and 2 cakes. Our funders, Paula Salta from FCSS, Jason Klinck from United Way; our counterpart in Edmonton, ASSIST Ms. Fion Lee, Games Choy, Allan Kwan; our donors Ms. Carina Au and Steven Van from RBC Foundation helped us in the ‘Pig and Cake’ cutting ceremony. After which, everyone can enjoy the delicious food.
A constant challenge for CCCSA in the past 39 years had always been access to adequate office space and facilities to conduct programs. We used various means such as using free community rooms or renting space from other organizations to resolve space issues.
In 2013, the board, after analyzing our situation, made a very bold decision of purchasing the present location at Centre Green. After 4 years, we finally moved into our new office and everyone is very excited with that. We are thankful for the donors and sponsors who helped to make our dreams come true. We are grateful for the Government of Alberta and our Councilor’s office that had given us a lot of help when we faced unexpected challenges. For our partners, funders, volunteers, friends and service users, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding, we know that during this re-locating process, there was a lot uncertainty but all of you ha d been very kind and supportive to CCCSA which we deeply appreciate.