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FRN wraps up special events for new Ukrainian residents

FRN wraps up special events for new Ukrainian residents

Cochrane’s Family Resource Network (FRN) held the last of four special events to help new Ukrainian residents create connections in the community.

The network hosted two cafes and two walks during the month of August.

FRN’s Jessica Nairne says the events were held to help the new residents to connect with each other as well as learn more about Cochrane. While no other special events have been planned but FRN continues to encourage the new residents to continue to take advantage of the services they offer.

Those services could be particularly valuable for new services with children going back to school.

It is estimated over 70 Ukrainian families have now settled in the Cochrane area.

FRN has a long list of ways to assist and navigate residents, including

  • Essential Needs programs that provide access to Cochrane Food Bank, Cochrane Connect Card, and much more. 
  • Assist with government systems navigation, advocacy, supportive counselling, and referrals to other community services.
  • Early Childhood Development programs provide families an opportunity for social connections and play, while young children up to age 6, gain and master skills in all developmental domains. 
  • Ages and Stages screenings provide a snapshot of how your child is doing with communication, physical ability, social skills, and problem-solving skills. Screenings can identify your child’s strengths and any areas where your child may need support. You can fill out an ASQ online and a Family Support Worker will follow up with you.   ASQ Online
  • Parent Education sessions are offered throughout the year, on a variety of topics, for families with children from birth to age 18.  
  • A Home Visitation program that provides in-home support to families with young children (birth to 6).  Referrals are made through FRN and service is provided by Children’s Cottage. 
  • Youth supports and prevention programming is offered by BCG Cochrane & Area, for ages 7-18. Youth Outreach line: 403-618-3149. 

The services of FRN are strength-based, trauma-informed, inclusive, supportive, and respectful, with a focus on building capacity. Services are provided in partnership with the Town of Cochrane, FCSS, Children’s Cottage, and BGC for Cochrane & Area. 

To learn more about FRN, phone 403-851-2265.

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Events group Hyve to sell Ukrainian business in management buy-out

Events group Hyve to sell Ukrainian business in management buy-out

July 19 (Reuters) – British exhibitions group Hyve (HYVE.L) said on Tuesday it is selling its Ukrainian unit to a group led by Anatoly Sushon, the Ukrainian business’ managing director, as events in the country continue to be on hold following Russia’s invasion.

Hyve said it would receive up to 3 million pounds ($3.59 million) from the sale, which will be paid annually until September 2027 based on the Ukrainian operations’ profitability.

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NGOs to organize integration events for Ukrainian families in Latvia

NGOs to organize integration events for Ukrainian families in Latvia

The tender program “Events and activities for Latvian and Ukrainian families with children” has maximum funding of €12 500 per project, SIF said.

The target group of the project is both Ukrainian and Latvian families with children, ensuring that families from Ukraine are involved in activities.

The aim of the competition is to select projects in which the measures are aimed at achieving the objective of the program, promoting the cohesion of society, strengthening the belonging of Ukrainian families in Latvian society, and promoting the acquisition of Latvian languages and culture. The project backs events and activities like camps, hiking and tours, creative workshops, discussions, Latvian or cultural learning clubs, as well as other activities that are relevant to the objective of the program.

“Opening up training in a strange environment and in Latvian this year will be a major challenge for many Ukrainian children who have fled as a result of the war. In order to allow families with children to adapt to the new environment and to obtain new social links, we will present the Latvian language, history, culture and traditions with various events and activities,” said Zaiga Pūce, director of the SIF administration.

For more information, as well as the competition rules, see the SIF homepage.

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Ukrainian athletes call for nations to boycott FIL events until Russia banned

Ukrainian lugers have called for athletes to boycott events until Russia is banned ©Getty Images

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Ukrainian biathlete pulls out of event at Paralympics after father captured by Russian forces | CBC Sports

Ukrainian biathlete pulls out of event at Paralympics after father captured by Russian forces | CBC Sports

Ukrainian biathlete Anastasiia Laletina was forced to pull out of the women’s sitting middle distance event at the Beijing Winter Paralympics on Tuesday after her father was captured by Russian forces, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee.

“Her father is a soldier in the Ukrainian army and [was taken] prisoner by Russian soldiers. They beat him,” said Ukrainian Paralympic team spokeswoman Nataliia Harach, to AFP News.

The spokeswoman told Reuters they had no further details on his capture.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month, which Moscow describes as a “special operation” to disarm the country, prompted the International Paralympic Committee to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Games.

Belarus has been a key staging area for Russian troops.

The spokeswoman said that the 19-year-old Laletina was still in Zhangjiakou, China — the venue for the cross-country skiing and biathlon events — and will fly out to Poland with the rest of contingent at the end of the Games.

Despite the initial uncertainty around their participation, Ukraine continued to collect medals at the Games on Wednesday by winning a silver and bronze in cross-country skiing. They are third in the table, where the ranking is based on gold medals won, behind hosts China and Canada.

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