Category Archives: Civic Responsibility

You are cordially invited to join with the 22nd Anniversary of Paris Peace Agreement

Committees of Youth Association would like to cordially invite members and distinguished quests to commemorate the 22nd  Anniversary of Paris Peace Accord.

Theme: Civil Rights and Liberty of Cambodians after the 22 Years of Paris Peace Agreement

22nd Anniversary Commemoration of Paris Peace AccordBrief Schedule:

–         Blessing from the Monks

–         Keynote speaker on the meaning of Paris Peace Accord, civil rights and liberty within this 22 years.

–         Slide show documentaries

–         Q & A

22 Anniversary Press ReleaseDate and place:

–         @ Khmer-Canadian Buddhist Cultural Centre

7011 Ogden Road SE, Calgary, AB

–         Date: Saturday, 26 October 2013

@ 1:30pm to 4:30pm

     – Tel: 403-455-8294

Press Release

            Khmer Youth Association of Alberta would like to solemnly announce to the Khmer youths and compatriots, either inside or outside Cambodia, to hold or participate with the 22nd Anniversary of Paris Peace Accord: 23 October 1991 – 23 October 2013 collectively.

Paris Peace Accord is the advancement of modern history of Cambodia. This day has the same value of that glorious civilization of the Great Khmer Empire during Angkorian period.

Our compatriots can conduct this commemoration as individual, family, friend, group, association or community by observing or updating news about this day, share messages among networks, directly communicate with siblings-children-friends, petition, thumb print or sign petitions, attend seminar/conference/lecture, participate with nonviolent mass demonstration, or conduct a ceremony by inviting Buddhist monks to offer a Jayanto blessing.

May all Khmer compatriots are blessed by the four wishes of Lord Buddha: Longevity, Beauty, Happiness and Strength.

Canada: October 9th, 2013

Sophoan Seng (President)


– Individual members

– Khmer-Canadian Youth Association of


22nd Anniversary of PPA Press Release

22nd Anniversary Commemoration of Paris Peace Agreement

Communtiy Resource Fair Invitation and Guidelines


Ethno-cultural Council of Calgary (ECCC) is a community-based organization that facilitates the collective voice of Calgary’s ethno-cultural communities towards full civic participation and integration through collaborative action. More details can be viewed at :

The Building Bridges with Ethno-Cultural Communities (BBEC) program funded by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) trains ethno-cultural community members/organizations to assist newcomers and immigrants to access programs and services they need in their settlement and integration in Canada.  Other activities of the BBEC includes resource fairs, forums and broker action and community engagement.

ECCC would like to extend invitation to your organization to participate in the ECCC Community Resource Fair. Join us to connect with community members, ethno-cultural organizations, service provider organizations and funders to increase your profile and build networks! This event is fully funded by Citizenship & Immigration Canada.

Exhibit Set-up and Resource Fair Hours

Date:              June 22, 2013 (Sat)

Set-up:             8:30am – 9:00am

Resource Fair: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Place:              Genesis Centre of Community Wellness

7556 Falconridge Boulevard NE, Calgary, AB T3J 0C9

Commons (Main Lobby)


Date:               May 1, 2013 –  June 17, 2013

To register for this event, please complete the attached registration form and send

Fax :     (403) 262 8973



Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

We hope you will be able to join us and look forward to your prompt response. If you have any questions or require additional information on this opportunity, please contact Hans Ocenar at (403) 263 9900*2727 or Sheeba Vijayan at 403-263-9900*2722 or email


Guidelines (Revised April 2013)

1.       Only exhibitors who have filled out and submitted the application form to the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary will be permitted to set-up table displays.

2.       Display set-up will commence on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 8:30am to 9:00am.

3.       Displays should not have combustible oils, gasses or open flame.

4.       All display materials should be placed on the allocated table except for retractable banner stands.

5.       Banner stands should not obstruct the path of Resource Fair visitors.

6.       Posting of cut arts, texts, and pictures on the wall is prohibited.

7.       The exhibitor agrees that the display booths will be open and tended to from 9:00am to 12:00pm on June 22, 2013. No displays should be dismantled or goods removed during this time.

8.       Exhibitors should clear their table by 12:30pm or all items remaining will be disposed.

9.       The exhibitor’s property shall be placed on display and exhibited at the risk of the exhibitor. The Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary and NECCS assume no responsibility for the loss or damage to the property due to fire, theft or any cause beyond their control.


Sheeba Vijayan

Multicultural Coordinator

Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary (ECCC)

915-33rd Street NE Calgary, Alberta T2A 6T2

Phone: 403-263-9900 ext *2722

Fax: 403-262-8973

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Asian Heritage Day of May at Cambodian Canadian Community

The Khmer Youth Association would like to express deep gratitude and appreciation on the successful welcoming of Bus Tour of Asian Heritage Foundation to celebrate the Month of May signifying for Asian Culture and Diversity in Alberta, Canada.

We are glade to see more than 32 guests unloading from the bus and entering into the compound of our centre. We are glade to see our community members of more than 50 collectively help and participate this extraordinary event.

The presentation was briefly explaining about the history of the community, the history of rich cultural heritage such as ancient monument of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the Khmer clothes, performance art and food, the benefit of Vipassana meditation and its practice etc.

The event was highlighting with 7 distinctive shows:

1. Pinpeat Music Orchestra which is assembled of many original instruments have originated since the Angkor period of 9 century. The instruments are including Sko Touch, Sko Thom, Tre etc. (see attached photo) or more reading on:


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2. Preah Thong Tong Sbai Neang Neak which is one of the important parts of Khmer Wedding. Preah Thogn Tong Sbai Neang Neak or groom holding the scarf of bride significantly describes the legend of the birth of Cambodian country. The legend said that Groom must follow Bride by holding the scarf tightly so that he can reach her parents’ resident. Legend further describes that Cambodia originally led by a powerful and gorgeous princess, a distant traveler named Preah Thong fell in love with the princess and asked her to be married. In order to travel in a long distance and dangerous way, Preah Thong must ensure that his one hand is holding the scarf tightly while another hand is holding a sword. For Neang Neak who is a family leader in that time, she is a chief in the family to oversee many things including family finance which she is holding on her palm hand as a symbol. The legend was about the Kingdom of Naga (Sacred Serpent) in which some interpretation has been mistaking called Dragon. Naga is the important legendary sacred snake in Cambodia. More reading about the story of Preah Thong Tong Sbai Neang Neak:

Preah Thong Tong Sbai Neang Neak   Note that in the past, the wedding ceremony took up to more than 3 days with more than 62 traditional songs but now it has summarized to 13 songs in 1 day and a half.

3. Young children are dressing in colorful Khmer silk dresses to representing different days of the week. Asian Heritage Day (92)

– Sunday is red
– Monday is orange
– Tuesday is purple
– Wednesday is light green
– Thursday is green
– Friday is blue
– Saturday is plum or blueberry or pring tum
Note that Khmer silk has been typically made by hand from ancient traditional loom. One robe has approximately been spent to one month to finish it.
4. Khmer Chaiyam or funny dancing style of Khmer entertainment.
ChaiyamAsian Heritage Day (99)
5. Khmer Chouk Krapeus folk dance. Chok Krapeus Dance is a style of dance imitating from fishing style of Khmer farmers.
Asian Heritage Day (121)
6. Khmer Nom Banchok or Khmer Noodle Food. Rice is a typical diet for Cambodians but Nom Banchok Noodle is one of their historical and remarkable diets. Taste, mixture and smell of Khmer noodle come from its soup (Somlor prahir and Karry), variety of fresh veggies, and a tempting smell of curry and pro-hok (a Khmer typical salt fish paste)
Asian Heritage Day (23)7. Khmer silk dresses by beautiful ladies
Asian Heritage Day (139)Group Photo at the end:
Asian Heritage Day (162)Eventually, all participants are joyfully happy with the presentation, shows and tasty food. I would like to thanks for your heartfelt support and participation.

One Million Books for Youth Campaign

Dear Everyone;

1 Million Books ProjectKhmer-Canadian Youth Association of Alberta is launching its campaign for “One Million Books for Youths” in order to encourage reading, reading, reading.

Reading is an Investment

Reading is Life

By sharing this project with others, you are engaging in reading and helping others to read more.

1 Million Books Project in PDF

Bus Tour for the Month of May of Asian Heritage Day

Hello bus tour communities,


Please see the poster below for events in Asian Heritage Month in Calgary this May.

Tickets for bus tours are available at the Chinese Cultural Center this afternoon (after 6PM). You can also purchase online through: in the next 24h.

Please forward this information to your contacts/community.

Thank you for your help and support. I will send a brief summary of programs that each bus tour community is planning to do later today.

Have a great day,

asian heritage day

ជូនពរឆ្នាំថ្មី ឆ្នាំម្សាញ់ ២៥៥៧

ក្នុងឱកាសចូលឆ្នាំខ្មែរ ឆ្នាំម្សាញ់ បញ្ចស័ក ព.ស.២៥៥៧ សមាគមយុវជនខ្មែរ-កាណាដានៃខេត្តអាល់បើរតារ

Khmer_New_Year_2557_or_2013_2810029 copyសូមប្រសិទ្ធិពរជ័យ សិរីបវរមហាប្រសើរ និងសុភមង្គល ចូរកើតមានដល់បងប្អូនខ្មែរយើងទាំងអស់ទាំងក្នុងប្រទេសនិង ក្រៅប្រទេសកុំបីឃ្លៀងឃ្លាតឡើយ។

In the occasion of Khmer New Year 2557, the Khmer-Canadian Youth Association wish all Cambodian compatriots a healthy, solidarity and success in cultivating family and community improvement throughout the whole year.


Watch new year photos celebrated in Calgary:

Community Fair , Forest Lawn, June 8!

community fair

Hi guys,

Can you please circulate this to your groups and contacts!

Community Fair is planned for Saturday June 8, same day as Diversity Cup begins (free, two-day soccer tournament), at same geographical area.

Those two events happening simultaneously at same geographical area will offer unique experience and lots of fun for residents of Greater Forest Lawn of all ages, and their guest and neighbours.

If you are interested to participate at resource fair during the day and advertise your programs and services, please let me know and I will connect you further.

Thank you so very mach for your support with this.

All the best,


Leadership in Education

Op-Ed: Leadership in Education

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photo_megaend1Contrasting to my personal experience in public education in Cambodia, I would like to dedicate this article to reflect on “leadership in education” in Cambodia with local management of Calgary Board of Education (CBE) for its 2010-2011 Mega-End Initiative.

I was graduated grade 12 in 1993 in a school of downtown Siem Reap. As a son of farmer family in remote area, I struggled with all obstacles to realize my dream of “education education education”. While my favorite subject was Math, I was keen in Khmer and writing. However, like many other students, I had to learn from tutoring teachers at his private classroom focusing on Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physic. Academic learning was 99% covering in both classroom and private paid tutoring. In the schedule, there were few hours per week for Gym in which I rarely participated in the exercise training and it was frequently cancelled. All students required to fulfill all subjects in classroom such as Khmer, English, French, Literature, Mores, History, Geography, Philosophy, Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physic. These subjects are mandatory, no elective courses were offered. My teacher(s) directly delivered the course on his/her expert or training experience during my high school. I observe that I must remember those subjects like parroting to what teacher(s) said.

From my high school period of this 20 years, there have been little reforming on curriculum in Cambodia particularly on the level of compulsory public school education. In term of academic learning, I have seen some inserting new subjects such as social study and pure science into the existing curriculum.


For Calgary Board Education (CBE), it has updated its curriculum almost every year to substantiate its planned goal. For its 2010-2011, it reached a solution to implement a mega learning leadership by ratifying so-called “Mega-Ends” learning approach. Within that framework, academic learning success of students is just part of its goal for students to achieve Citizenship, Personal Development and Character. While Academic Success is the top of the foundation, Personal Development is the base, Citizenship and Character are the two essential wings.


On its instruction for Report Card to each student and parent about their semester learning success, teachers are advised:

Citizenship in learning:

  • Exercises democratic rights and responsibilities within the learning community
  • Demonstrates respect and appreciation for diversity
  • Works and communicates effectively with others

Citizenship: Each student will be a responsible citizen by being an informed and involved member in his or her local, national and global communities.

Personal Development through learning:

  • Sets and works towards learning goals
  • Demonstrates confidence and autonomy in learning

Personal Development: Each student will acquire the skills, attitudes and knowledge to achieve personal highest potential.

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