Leeds & Grenville Diversity Day 2019

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The St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership and the City of Brockville will be hosting the 5th Annual Leeds & Grenville Diversity Day on Wednesday, November 27.

Diversity Day is a free, immigration themed event open to all individuals and organizations including service providers, immigrants, community members, students, employers, and faith-based groups. This year’s theme is The Immigrant Settlement Journey. Lunch and snacks will be provided, and the event will be held from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Firehall Theatre in Gananoque (185 South Street).

Four local immigrant speakers will reflect on their immigration experience and share details about their personal settlement journeys: Frank Onasanya (Nigeria/North Grenville), Jamal Saeed (Syria/Kingston), Javiera Soto Breiding (Chile/Brockville), and Kashif Riaz (Pakistan/Brockville).

An immigration themed board game will then offer attendees the opportunity to move through the various stages of immigrant settlement, learning about the real-life challenges involved with settling in a new country.

Melissa Francis, Program Manager, St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership states: “We are very excited about this year’s Diversity Day. Past attendees have made it clear that hearing from local immigrants about their settlement challenges and successes is most important to them. Therefore, we are pleased to offer people the opportunity to learn from four amazing individuals who will share what their own journeys have looked like.”

Diversity Day is being funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the City of Brockville. Please register by November 22, 2019: Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/diversity-day-2019-registration-76313017289

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