The Council for Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta (CAAC), operating as Africa Centre, was incorporated in 2006.
We are the largest pan African non-profit organization in western Canada, serving as a community hub that provides programs and services from a place of cultural awareness and competency to the families in our diverse community.
We acknowledge the diversity of our cultural background as a source of the strength that brings capacity and competencies to shape a thriving community in Alberta. We have a strong African indigenous cultural foundation incorporated across our programs and services.
A strong, relevant and engaged African descent community in Alberta
Create opportunities for access and full participation of the African descent community in Alberta
Our Core Values
We believe that all our interactions with members, partners and stakeholders are the reflections of our integrity; we, therefore, maintain high ethical standards.
We are accountable to our members, donors, funders, and partners to use resources to improve the lives of our community.
We strive to be accessible, adaptable, and responsive, to demonstrate a sense of urgency in all our services and the support we provide to our community.
We foster inclusivity in all aspects of life, we keep an open mind and embrace positive challenge as our institutional culture.
We believe in respect and dignity for everyone. Therefore, we are guided by respect for human dignity.
We believe that our purposeful actions will ultimately make the difference we envision in our community, and we believe this can only be achieved through passion and volunteerism.
We are committed to investing quality time in excellent services that enrich the lives of our community.
We strive to create opportunities for full access and participation of all Albertans in all aspects of society including economic, social, cultural and educational endeavours and contributes to the holistic development and wellness of individuals, family and community.
We use the following five pillars in carrying out our mission:
Promoting and maintaining the unique cultural Identity of African heritage, intergenerational cultural preservation and a sense of belonging.
Advancement and Empowerment
Reduce inequality by improving the quality of lives of the communities through the empowerment of the diverse demographics and cultural heritages.
Improving the economic and social participation of the African descent population into Canadian society and culture.
Resource Diversification and Organizational Sustainability
prioritize the development and integration of a detailed sustainability vision into its long-term strategic plan in a way that will create lasting value while also creating public trust.
Embedding leadership excellence as a foundational value across all organisational functions through commitment to actively develop leaders and support their growth. We intend to be known for the leaders who work with us and the leaders we empower and send out into the community.
Our Strategic Goals
Develop a common understanding of the meaning of culture and identity
Create a physical presence for Africa Centre
Reduce social isolation and facilitate intergenerational cultural preservation.
Provide a nurturing environment among African-descent youth that fosters healthy relationships, inclusivity and resilience.
Facilitate culturally relevant and affordable early learning and child care programs
Promote gender equality and advancement of women
Improve employment opportunities through skills development and career support
Influence and improve the settlement experience and outcomes through partnership support
Contribute to the economic inclusion by strengthening African descent business sector
Strengthen organizational diversification and financial growth
Build and maintain effective and efficient governance systems
Ensure sound decision making throughout the organization
Embed leadership excellence as a foundational value across all organizational functions