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CALGARY — During the broadcast for the Calgary Flames’ playoff game against the Dallas Stars on Monday, Calgary Stampeders great Jon Cornish was recognized for his work in founding Calgary Black Chambers.
.@calstampeders alumnus @jonnycornish is the founder Calgary Black Chambers, which focuses on providing mentorship for the next generation, giving Calgary minority students a leg up, with guidance and aid in-kind to reach their life goals.#WeSkateFor you, Jon! pic.twitter.com/g4qYxfDO4v
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) August 18, 2020
The organization is a non-profit which focuses on supporting diversity in and around Calgary. The values consist of mentorship, scholarship, fellowship and advocacy.
Calgary Black Chambers works with students to help them grow into professionals down the road by pairing them with black community mentors to gain guidance in order to reach their ultimate goals.
“Mentorship is perhaps our reason for existing. Our goal of fostering diversity in Calgary rests on the idea that providing a leg up to our student members will enable them to more easily join our professional ranks,” Cornish said in a post back in July. “When Coronavirus first struck, we found many international students were all of a sudden cut off from their support back home while simultaneously dealing with lost jobs and missed rent here in Canada.
“Through partnership with SAIT, MRU, and Bow Valley College, we were able to identify 20 at-risk students and provided cash to help these students along their way. These funds were raised through a brief email campaign to our mailing list and it was a remarkable first step for this now Alberta registered, non-profit society.”
Cornish was recognized as a part of the #WeSkateFor initiative founded by the NHL.