The Canadian Arab Friendship
Association (CAFA Centre) is a community services agency that is the
home of the Canadian Arab Friendship Association (CAFA). Established
in 1965, CAFA was the dream of seven Arab community members who
wanted to ensure that the Arab heritage was preserved for their
children, and promoted to the non-Arab community in Edmonton.
Over the years CAFA grew to be an
important part of the multicultural mosaic in Edmonton, involved in
many arts and cultural events and committees. In 1986, CAFA
officially opened an office in the Dickinsfield Mall.
Today the CAFA Centre is a hub of
activity. From the 44 child playschool, to assisting seniors, the
Centre provides the Canadian Arab Community with a voice and a
bridge to other resources available in Edmonton and area.
The Centre, and various projects
that have been implemented from there, CAFA has also been recognized
both locally and nationally. The Project Youth Vision - Coming in
Harmony, (A Canadian Heritage Funded Project) received, via teacher
Dennis Koch, Honorary Mention in the Readers Digest Excellence In
Education Award. CAFA has also been recognized by Alberta Education,
The City of Edmonton, The Province of Alberta, Edmonton Community
and Family Services, Edmonton Police Services, and other agencies
for their excellence in community services.