September 21, 2007 – CALA was officially registered as a non profit organization in Ontario thanks to the initiative of Ivett Gutierrez and a group of visionaries. Its initial goal was to build a community centre for the Latin American population in London.
Ivett Gutierrez, Founding Chair (Sep 21, 2007 – Oct 10, 2009)
Another executive representatives were: Vice-Chair Rodolfo Jerez; Treasurer Jorge Velez and Secretary José Briceño. In addition, CALA’s first office was located at the Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC).
May: CALA adopted its first logo that would symbolize the unity of Latin Americans in London and surrounding area.
October: CALA received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to conduct a needs assessment of the Latin American community in London.
Feb 9: CALA’s Inauguration Party
Oct: Open House Exhibition at the London Convention Center
Dec: First edition of our traditional CALA Piñata!
Jan: Business Workshop
Sep 20: How To Achieve The Canadian Dream Workshop
Oct 18: Prevention and compensation for working accidents
Nov: Christmas Cooking Workshop
June: CALA entered into a new partnership with the German Canadian Club.
October: Dr. Antonio Belda began his tenure as CALA’s 2nd Board Chair.
Antonio Belda, Board Chair (Oct 10, 2009 – Dec 12, 2013)
December: CALA began a partnership with the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre.
Sep 26: Cala Springfest 2009
Oct 7: Salsa Competition 2009
Jan 24: Health Workshop
Mar 28: Immigration Workshop
Apr 22: Small Business Centre & Cala Workshop
Jun 6 / Aug 8: How To Achieve The Canadian Dream Workshop
Sep 5: Know The Canadian Educational System Workshop
Oct 17: How To Improve Your Financial Status In Canada
Nov 21: Kitchen Workshop – Cala Christmas Kitchen (Cala Cocina Navideña)
March: A Resource Guide (Guia de Recursos) was published in Spanish to assist newcomers from the Latin American community.
May 15: Cala Springfest 2010
Oct 9: Salsa Competition 2010
Dec 18: Cala Piñata 2010
November: CALA began a community partnership with Goodwill Industries and moved its offices to the Goodwill building
May 21: Springfest 2011
Nov 25: Salsa Competition 2011
Jun 7: Cala Open House
Jul 28: Peruvian Independence Day
Sep 30: Culture Days
Dec 12: Cala Piñata 2012
March: CALA received for second consecutive time a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to develop a Strategic Plan that set the basis to make the organization sustainable.
October: Claudia Chom-Him was assigned as CALA’s first Executive Director.
Claudia Chom-Him, Executive Director (2013)
December: A new and dynamic group of CALA members were appointed. Alfonso Camposreales, Arturo Dominguez, Dr. Jose Villeda, Melvin Millón and Dr. Carolina Bonilla make up a new board of directors.
George Perez was appointed as CALA’s Chair. Also CALA hired a consulting firm, Kovacs Group, in order to acquire a new strategic plan for the organization.
George Perez, Board Chair (Dec 12, 2013 – Present)
Feb 19: Alfredo Caxaj Tribute Dinner
Feb 27: Cala Fun Bowling : 3Rd Annual
Apr 18: Children’s Day Celebration
Sep 29: Culture Days
Oct 26: Health Fair 2014 : Saborea, Muevete, Aprende
Nov 20: Taste Of Peru
Dec 12: Cala Toy Drive
Dec 15: Cala Piñata 2013
Jan 29: Tax Declaration Seminar
Mar 11: Career Workshop
Apr 25: Real Estate Seminar
May 3: Auto Insurance Seminar
Sep 4: Financial Assistance Program For International Professionals Seminar
September: CALA, with the support of MTCU, received a grant through the Job Creation Partnership Program. This partnership allowed CALA to obtain 3 administrative positions – fund development, events and marketing.
October: Selvin Mejia was appointed as CALA’s first Executive Director. The administrative team is now being led by a new philosophy of being a relevant resource for the Latin American community.
Selvin Mejía, Executive Director (Oct 20, 2014 – Presente)
November: CALA moved its administrative operations to an office space at the Pathways building on Clarence St. The customer service office at Goodwill Industries is kept as the primary location to serve the community.
December: With the support of the administrative team, and the design concept of Camilo Londoño Sterling, CALA’s Marketing Coordinator, a new corporate image was launched. The new symbol represents the American hemisphere and its fusion with the modern Canadian society.
Feb 16: Cala Fun Bowling – 4Th Annual
Jun 26: Career Fair
Sep 27 & 28: Culture Days
Nov 29: Stop Bullying Forum
Dec 21: Cala Piñata 2014
Mar 28: Cherryl Jennings Seminar
Aug 26: John Howard Society Seminar
January: CALA started the new year launching physical activity programs targeted to youth and founded by Physical Education Canada, We Belong Programs – Soccer and Salsa. The programs were developed in partnership with Hispanic America Football Club and London Salsa Academy.
March: In partnership with Pathways Skills Development, CALA launched the program Skills to Work, to educate individuals in the areas of office administration, construction and light industry.
May: CALA’s new website is officially launched on May 13th.
Feb 15: Cala Fun Bowling – 5Th Annual
May 12: Volunteer Appreciation Night
Jun 27: Latin Gala
Apr 29: Financial Benefits Seminar With RBC
Jan 5: We Belong Soccer Program (Jan 5 To Mar 23, 2015)
Jan 26: We Belong Salsa Dancing Program (Feb 26 – Apr 21)
Mar 17: Skills To Work Program Launched