The SPEC Association for Children and Families
Janessa Truscott, HIPPY Coordinator
#101, 327 – 3rd Street West
Brooks, AB T1R 0E7
HIPPY Brooks began in September 2014. The program is funded by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is housed at the SPEC Association for Children & Families. Established in 1978, SPEC began as a fee-for-service program with Alberta Social Services and Community Health. SPEC is focused on the positive development of kids by providing a continuum of services from early intervention to high intervention during crisis. By providing family support services, SPEC continues to focus on a variety of preventive and educational programs that promotes a caring and committed community where kids are resilient and valued.
Last year HIPPY Brooks worked with 53 families with 65 children who spoke more than 10 languages and came from 12 different countries. The HIPPY Brooks staff consists of 4 team members, including the program coordinator and 3 home visitors.
For more information please visit: http://www.spec.ab.ca/
Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
Luz Buritica, HIPPY Coordinator
Phone: 403-263-4414 (ext.185)
200 – 138 – 4 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 4Z6
HIPPY Calgary began in August 2009 and it has grown through the generous support of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and United Way. The site operates out of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA), a non-profit organization established in 1982. CIWA is a culturally diverse settlement agency that recognizes, responds to, and focuses on the unique concerns and needs of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families.
Last year HIPPY Calgary worked with 126 families with 138 children who spoke more than 30 languages and came from all parts of the world. The HIPPY Calgary staff consists of 15 team members, including the program coordinator, 2 team leaders, and 12 home visitors.
For more information please visit: http://www.ciwa-online.com
HIPPY Red Deer
Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association
Fatemeh Servari, HIPPY Coordinator
#110-5017 – 49th Street
Red Deer, AB T4N 1V4
The HIPPY program was introduced in Red Deer in January, 2009. The program is funded by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and operates out of Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association (CAIWA). CAIWA was formed in 1991 by a group of immigrant women with the goal of empowering immigrant women. Its main purpose is to raise the level of awareness of these women and their families to the different aspects of Canadian life and to assist them in achieving their full potential as members of the Canadian Society.
HIPPY Red Deer provide its services in a variety of languages to increase a sense of unity amongst different cultures and backgrounds. Last year the site worked with 140 families with 155 children who spoke more than 24 languages and came 29 countries. The HIPPY Red Deer staff consists of 12 team members, including the program coordinator and 11 home visitors.
For more information please visit: http://www.caiwa.ca/
Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Centre
Swedini Halliday, HIPPY Coordinator
Phone: 250-753-6911 Ext 121
319 Selby Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 2R4
The HIPPY Program in Nanaimo was launched to serve immigrant and refugee families April 2014 with the financial support of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) . The HIPPY program is hosted by the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Centre, a community-based agency that works with individuals and organizations to ensure that all those in our diverse community have equitable access to its services and opportunities. The Centre offers English language classes, employment and direct settlement assistance as well as other related services.
Last year HIPPY Nanaimo served 40 families and 42 children who come from 17 countries and speak more than 15 languages. The HIPPY Nanaimo staff consists of 6 team members, including the program coordinator and 5 home visitors.
For more information, please visit: http://www.cvims.org/
Immigrant Services Society (ISS) of BC
Catherine Nesmith, HIPPY Coordinator
Phone: 604-684-2561 ext. 1138
627-333 Terminal Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6A 4C1
The HIPPY program for Vancouver program is funded by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is currently hosted by ISSofBC, the largest agency of its kind in Western Canada, with targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, plus support services in over 45 languages. Since 1972, ISSofBC has been providing a variety of support services for immigrants and refugees to help them get settled, find careers and learn all they need to know about starting their new lives in Canada.
Last year HIPPY Vancouver community supported 94 families and 63 children who come from 20 countries and speak more than 23 languages. The site employs 1 coordinator, 1 training coordinator and 8 home visitors.
For more information, please visit: https://issbc.org/
Alana Garcia, HIPPY Coordinator
397 Carlton Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2K9
HIPPY Winnipeg began in January 2016 and is housed at Mosaic – Newcomer Family Resource Network. Established in 2009, Mosaic is a neighbourhood language learning program, and family resource network. The agency’s aim is to provide English classes with quality childcare, along with parenting and settlement support for newcomer parents. The classes and programmes help participants develop English language skills and a social network while their children socialize in a safe and educational environment.
HIPPY Winnipeg currently works with 44 families with 50 children who speak more than 9 languages and come from 11 different countries. The HIPPY Winnipeg staff consists of 5 team members, including the program coordinator and 4 home visitors.
For more information, please visit: http://www.mosaicnet.ca//
Daniela Palau, HIPPY Coordinator
303 – 125 Lakeshore Road
Oakville, ON L6J 1E2
HIPPY Oakville opened its doors in December 2007. At present, the site employs 6 team members including a coordinator and 5 home visitors. Last year HIPPY Oakville served 74 families and 85 children who speak more than 19 languages and come from 34 countries. HIPPY Oakville works in partnership with Michelle Knoll at Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre where the site has its weekly curriculum training and parent group meetings. The site is funded with a grant from the United Way of Oakville, several funders from The Oakville Community Foundation, the Green Shield Benefit Association and the May Court Club of Oakville. Private donors have been specially supportive and generous.
Oakville is known as one of the richest communities in Canada and for its natural beauty. However, there is a considerable percentage of the population – almost 50 % who are functioning below level two in literacy. Poverty is also present in our residents most notable in new immigrants. HIPPY Oakville helps to change the course of their lives, changing them from feeling hopeless to being successful in Canadian society.
For more information please visit: http://www.hippyoakville.org/
Vanier Community Services Centre
Chantal DeGrace, HIPPY Coordinator
Phone: 613-744-2892 ext. 1075
290 Dupuis Street
Ottawa, ON K1L 1A2
HIPPY Ottawa began at the Vanier Community Services Centre in December of 2008. Opened to the public in 1980 the Vanier Community Service Centre now cooperates with 13 other health and community resource centres as well as other organizations from the Ottawa-Carleton area. The Centre and its Agencies offer more than twenty social and health programs to the Vanier population and its immediate neighbourhood.
Last year the HIPPY Ottawa community supported 55 families and 63 children who come from 28 countries and speak more than 17 languages. The site employs 1 coordinator and 7 home visitors. The HIPPY Ottawa program is offered in both French and English. The HIPPY program is one of the Vanier Community Services Centre programs and are supported by the Friends of HIPPY Ottawa, the Vanier Community Services Centre, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and other funders and foundations.
For more information please visit: http:/www.hippyottawa.ca
The Hub-HIPPY Office
Sylvie Charliekaram, HIPPY Program Manager
2nd Floor, 1527 Victoria Park Avenue
Toronto, ON, M1L 2T3
HIPPY Site for Davenport/Perth, Francophone, and Karen Communities
Stefania Ntonas-Kostova, Site Lead
Phone: 416-532-2824 ext.33
1081 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 3J1
HIPPY Site for Jane/Finch Community
Dorothy Tabe, Site Lead
Phone: 647-346-3700 ext. 322
2065 Jane Street West, Suite 106
Toronto, Ontario M3N 2V7
HIPPY Site for Malvern Community
Angela Edwards, Site Lead
Phone: 416-750-9600 ext. 224
1527 Victoria Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M1L 2T3
HIPPY Site for Thorncliffe, Flemingdon and Victoria Park
Charmaine Greenidge, Site Lead
Phone: 416-750-9600 Ext.212
1527 Victoria Park, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M1L 2T3
HIPPY for Young Mothers Project
Chantel Espinola, Site Lead
Phone: 416-532-2824 ext. 248
2nd Floor, 1527 Victoria Park Avenue
Toronto, ON, M1L 2T3
The HIPPY Toronto Program started in 2005 at Working Women Community Centre in the Jane/Finch neighborhood in Toronto, and was funded by Trillium Foundation at that time. Due to the successful delivery of the program in Jane/Finch, the program expanded in 2008 through a funding by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)Canada to run in five different neighborhoods in Toronto; Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village (in partnership with Thorncliffe Neighborhood Office), Davenport/Perth and the Francophone and Karen communities (in partnership with Davenport/Perth Neighborhood Centre), Malvern (in partnership with the early years centre of Malvern Family Resource Centre).
HIPPY is offered in both English and French. Last year HIPPY Toronto served over 379 families and 437 children who come from 55 countries and speak over 40 languages. HIPPY Toronto is currently operating with a staff of 1 Program Manager, 4 Site Leads, one part -time Program Administrative Support Worker and 28 Home Visitors..
In 2014, the HIPPY Toronto program expanded its services to one more site by launching the very first Young Mothers Project for women 29 years and younger with children ages 3 to 5, with a focus on children’s education development and relationship building.
For more information please visit: http://www.workingwomencc.org/