Immigrant Access Fund launches in Edmonton

    EDMONTON, April 13 /CNW/ - Immigrant Access Fund (IAF) is holding a
luncheon on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the Edmonton Petroleum Club: 11110-108
Street, to officially introduce the IAF program.
    Premier Ed Stelmach will be introducing The Honourable Peter Lougheed,
P.C., C.C., Q.C., a member of IAF's Advisory Council, who will be speaking on
"The Contributions of New Immigrants."
    Also attending will be Hon. David Hancock, Minister of Education and
Teresa Woo-Paw, MLA Calgary Mackay and Hon. Anne McLellan.
    IAF provides micro loans to Alberta immigrants who lack the financial
resources to pay for the Canadian accreditation, upgrading or training they
need in order to work in their field. The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for
Newcomers (EMCN) has been delivering the IAF program since August of 2007.
    Of the 305 loans IAF has approved, 110 went to immigrants living in
Edmonton and Alberta North. 95 loans recipients have obtained employment in
their field, 166 are in the process of completing their Canadian
accreditation/training, and 44 have completed their accreditation/training and
are currently seeking employment in their field

    Program:  12:00 Dianne Fehr, IAF executive director
              12:36 Prem Singhmar, volunteer event chair
              12:38 Premier Ed Stelmach
              12:41 The Hon. Peter Lougheed
               1:00 Dianna Kageni Mbari, IAF loan recipient
               1:10 Chuck Durham, HSBC Bank Canada
               1:12 Amal Umar, IAF president

    All speakers, with the exception of Premier Ed Stelmach, will be
available for interviews immediately following the presentations.

For further information:

For further information: Dianne Fehr, Executive Director, Immigrant
Access Fund, (403) 835-8972, website:

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