United Voices 2023

Sharing Hope and Inclusive, Nurturing Every Youth, SHINE

United Voices 2023

  • About:

    The United Voices: Immigrant Youth Wellness Summit is the first southern Alberta mental health summit targeted towards newcomer youth. The idea was conceived last 2019 as a direct response to the unfortunate passing of a 9-year-old newcomer child who had died by suicide following a lengthy and traumatic journey as a refugee and allegations of bullying here in Calgary.

    United Voices is a committee of 13 immigrant service providers (ISPs) and community organizations to explore solutions surrounding the intersections of mental health, language translation, anti-bullying, and supports for newcomer youth. This committee led to the idea for United Voices: a day-long annual youth mental health summit targeting newcomer and refugee youth which focuses specifically on eliminating the silence and stigma surrounding mental health and illness.

    United Voices is the first summit to combine the resources, perspectives, skills, and expertise of multiple ISPs to impact youth on a large scale and has been lauded as the first summit of its kind for newcomer youth. The Calgary-based inter-organizational partnership committee that will support United Voices represents 13 organizations, all of whom have a wealth of experience with addressing youth mental health concerns.

    The goal of this summit is to provide immigrant and refugee youth with a better understanding of mental health, ways to support other youth, and information on community services available to them.  Although it will target newcomer youth, native-born Canadians are also welcome in order to foster stronger mental health supports and cross-cultural understanding.

Hourly Schedule

November 18

10:00am - 10:30am
10:25am - 10:35am
Sand Art
Jungha Choo
10:35am - 10:50am
Elder Blessing & Land Acknowledgement
Elder Casey Eaglespeaker
10:50am - 10:55am
Opening Remarks from CBFY on behalf United Voices
Eamon Saldana
10:55am - 11:20am
Arunie Saldhi
Keynote Speaker
11:20am - 11:25am
Energizer Activity and Performers
11:25am - 11:55am
Cultural Performances
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch Break
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Resource Fair
1:00pm - 1:10pm
Sand Art
Jungha Choo
1:10pm - 1:50pm
Youth Panel Discussion with Q&A
With Eamon Saldana, Freeha Anjum, Remilekun Oniyide, Ahlam Fakih
1:55pm - 2:25pm
Break-out Room Activities
Option 1: CBFY, Option 2: CBFY, Option 3: CCIS, and Option 4: TIES
2:30pm - 2:50pm
Action Planning
2:50pm - 2:55pm
2:55pm - 3:00pm
Closing Remarks & Prize Draw
Lorriane Kinsman


Nov 18 2023


10:00 am - 3:00 pm
United Voices Committee


United Voices Committee
United Voices