about cbfy

About CBFY

Youth thrive and not merely survive

Mission, Vision & Values

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) is a charitable not for profit youth-centred and a family-focused hub that originated in the year 1990 and supports over 12,596 individuals annually.

For 30 years CBFY has provided a welcoming and inclusive environment for immigrant and refugee children, youth and their families by enriching them with the appropriate skills, information, knowledge and experience as they build a life in Canada.

Our core value statement and what drives our passion is “Youth Thrive and not Merely Survive”.

CBFY takes their inspiration from Maya Angelou –“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style”.
This personifies the characteristics of great men and women of CBFY who channel their energies into the betterment of all our clients.

Our values are captured in the following acronym “BRIDGE”:

  • Belonging. Provide a safe and welcoming space and give power of voice and a sense of belonging.
  • Respect. Respectful behaviour in our pursuit of excellence and learning.
  • Innovation. Strengthen our relevance through innovative practices.
  • Diversity. Honour and model diversity.
  • Generosity. Encourage a culture of generosity of spirit.
  • Excellence. Inspire a culture of excellence and learning.

CBFY's strategic direction chart.

CBFY’s team is made up of over 70% first-generation and 30% second- or third-generation immigrants and refugees who understand first-hand the importance of integration programs. They’ve personally faced the trials and tribulations families face when settling in Canada and CBFY has welcomed many of their children in the summer programs or as tutors to solidify their sense of belonging in the community.

Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Our board is selected by our Board Recruitment Committee following a referral to the committee chair. They are screened and then nominated at the annual AGM. Their values and experience support CBFY’s organizational goals.