You Belong Bench Artist

Doro and Monica

Doro Buch is a visual artist from Bremen, Germany and lives in Crescent Heights. She specializes in painting and arts education. Monica Ila is a born and raised Calgarian, currently enrolled at the Alberta University of the Arts who specializes in painting, sculpture and puppetry. They are both highly committed visual artists with a strong desire to contribute to their city and local communities.

Doro and Monica are working with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association on their You Belong Art Bench.

Non-Profit Partner: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

Photo from CIWA Website
  • Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 as a registered charity. 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. CIWA’s uniqueness is based on its gender specific mandate. Over the years, we have continually responded to emerging needs of immigrant women and girls, developed innovative programs, established meaningful partnerships, and have come to be recognized as a provincial and national leader in outcome-based gender-specific settlement services.

  • CIWA offers programs and services that use a holistic approach to support clients in the areas of settlement and integration, literacy and language training, employment support and bridging programs, family violence, parenting, individual counselling, in-home support, civic engagement, health, housing, and community development. All clients have access to childcare and first language support during group sessions and individual appointments. 


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