On Thursday, March 7, the St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership and Refugees for Brockville will host ‘Around the World’, an event where members of the public can learn about some of the different cultures and countries represented in Leeds and Grenville. Attendees will also be able to learn about the experience of moving to Canada. Everyone is invited to attend this free event being held at the Brockville Country Club between 6:30 and 8:30 pm.

‘Around the World’ will involve participants of the Immigration Partnership’s ‘We Are Neighbours’ campaign (https://weareneighbours.wixsite.com/weareneighbours/stories ), who contributed stories about moving to, living, playing, working, and studying in Leeds and Grenville. Each ‘We Are Neighbours’ participant will host a table that represents their home country. Event attendees will move from table to table, asking questions, engaging in conversation, and learning about each country and culture. Ireland, Syria, Pakistan, India, Chile, Scotland, and France will be represented. Ireland will be represented by North Grenville’s own Dr. David Shanahan.

Refugees for Brockville is a municipally‑backed organization that supports Brockville refugee sponsorship groups who are working to welcome newcomers. They will be available to answer questions and chat about the local refugee initiative, and creating welcoming communities for everyone.

Melissa Francis, Program Manager for the St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership, states: “The Immigration Partnership and Refugees for Brockville are very pleased be able to offer this fun and engaging learning opportunity to residents of Leeds and Grenville. Learning about different cultures, and what it is like to move to another country can increase empathy, respect, and curiosity amongst people, which leads to more welcoming communities for all. I encourage everyone to come out and chat with your neighbours on March 7!”

Tickets for this event are free, but pre‑registration is required. Please register by March 1, 2019. Registration: web link here Questions: Lauren Smith, St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership Project Coordinator, lauren@eecentre.com or 613.498.2111 extension 261.

The St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership is an organization aimed at increasing local capacity to settle, welcome, and integrate immigrants to Leeds and Grenville communities. The Immigration Partnership is comprised of twenty‑six organizations from across Leeds and Grenville. It is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.


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