The St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership is presenting their first in-person Diversity Day since 2019. In partial response to local labour shortages, this year’s theme is all about the attraction and retention of immigrants to Leeds and Grenville.

Happening December 7 at Heritage Hall in Kemptville, the event runs from 8:45 am to 1 pm. Free for everyone, the day will include local speakers (including immigrants), networking opportunities, an attraction and retention game, and lunch. 

“Diversity Day has long been our signature event,” says Melissa Francis, Program Manager. “We hope our focus on attraction and retention can assist a wide variety of local partners, whether they be service providers, employers, educators, or general community members. We want to help educate our attendees on the successes, struggles, and realities of attraction and retention, while also helping people connect with one another.”

Having been held annually since 2016, Diversity Day has always offered an informative and engaging event. Following consistent feedback on the popularity of immigrant speakers, that has become a central feature of the day, as has offering networking opportunities and topical games. 

People wishing to register can do so on EventBrite ( or email ([email protected]). 

The St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.



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