Caught in the Act

Courtney & David - Volunteers with the Cultural Integration Academy

by Erin Murphy, GPVSB Communications


Courtney and David found out about the Cultural Integration Academy while attending a local community event that took place this past summer. They have since found the opportunity very intriguing and it has been an excellent experience to become more involved in the Grande Prairie community.

While volunteering for the program they found out that a lot of their friends and neighbours are already volunteering within the community or specifically the CIA program.

The best thing to happen since working with the mentee family was coming together with them to learn a lot about their culture. Courtney and David were impressed with how the Filipino culture celebrates family events like birthdays and baby showers. They have enjoyed learning how their culture celebrates events while learning and tasting the foods from their culture.

Volunteering has impacted Courtney and David’s family by making them more involved with their local community.

They see the CIA program making a difference, being very useful and positive for the community by welcoming individuals to feel more integrated, and aware of what the city has to offer.

They want others to know the positive aspects of the program, and the opportunities to help newcomers to Canada.

Courtney believes that it is important to give back to the community by doing something for others instead of focusing on one’s self. “It helps you grow as a person”.


 Cultural Integration Academy

Organization Profile


The purpose of the Cultural Integration Academy is to enhance the integration of newcomer youth and families by providing education, family mentorship, outreach and support.

To enrol as a participant or volunteer, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 780-882-7813





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