Big goals, big dreams - team player.
Banker by career, treasurer by volunteer.
Our turbulent yet fun secretary.
Lawyer and the analytical thinker of our organization
We have so many who come out to support our association.
The Turkish Canadian Cultural Association of Calgary was founded in 1981 by Turkish families who came to Calgary to work in the oil & gas sector. They created the Association in order promote and protect free, independent and secular state structures within the framework of the basic founding ideas of Turkiye and Canada, and to bring together the Turkish community in and around Calgary.
While many of the founding members are no longer with us, the TCCA of Calgary continues to support and foster the revolutionary and Turkiye's first President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk vision of "Peace at home, Peace in the World"
To this end, the Objectives of the Society are:
We are a group of volunteers who work to bring the members of our Turkish community in Calgary together for traditional events. We also strive to improve the exposure of Turkiye to Calgarians in our own community.
The Board of Directors are elected for a term of 2 years and generally consist of 5-7 members. We have many other volunteers who assist in helping organize the various events that we put on during the year.
If you'd like to volunteer to help the TCCA, please get in touch with us today!
Every Sunday during the school year between 1-4pm, we bring together our community for Turkish classes for our kids, traditional Ebru artwork for the parents, Saz music classes and various other activities.
Turkish School is an inclusive place where our members gather in the cafeteria and share stories about their experiences in Calgary or reminisce about the old days in Turkiye.
Sunday School takes place in the heart of Calgary at at Western Canada High School. at 641 17 Avenue SW. Free parking is available in the back of the school.
Our community is comprised of people who are proud of Turkiye's heritage and the various holidays that are pertinent to the fabric of Turkish society. Some of the key annual events are:
The TCCA of Calgary began operating as a non-profit group in Calgary, Alberta in 1981. Back then, the group comprised of mostly engineers and geologists and their families who came to Calgary for the booming oil and gas sector. While some have moved back to Turkiye for retirement, a lot of the original members and their kids still call Calgary their home.
While everyone who comes to our events has their own circumstances, it is generally understood that most of the many hours volunteering for the TCCA is to provide a brighter future for our kids and a place where they feel like they can learn and take part in our own culture.
We are over 150 families who call Calgary their home. While we have come from all different parts of Turkey and different times to Canada, we all strive to pass on our culture to our kids as well as the general population of Calgary.