2012 could be the year where more people, organizations, and companies are committing towards diversity and inclusion in their workplaces, organizations, families, and neighborhooods. Since that time when that racial and religious divide in Abbotsford has become obvious, everyone has the responsibility to become welcoming and respectful to one another in this community. Studies show that neighborhoods that face a formidable challenge or catastrophe, have tended to abandon their differences and worked together to mitigate a disaster or solve a looming societal problem.
In this case of Abbotsford where we have a zero crime rate compared to few years’ branding of ‘murder capital ‘ of Canada, we dont need to wait for another major communal upheavals to rally one another for united approach and cultural harmony. Celebrations are awesome opportunites to glue interactions of diverse groups and individuals but it should not stop from answering difficult questions and creating a space for dialogue.
As a concerned Abbotsford resident, what do you want to see happen in Abbotsford that will spearhead diversity, inclusion, welcoming neighborhoods, integration, intercultural dialogue and deeper conversations? How institutions and organizations can become champions of diversity and start reflecting diversity into their businesses especially if they operate in Abbotsford? How can individuals like you and me can commit to less of hate and judgmental attitude and more to respect and sensitivity in our everday lives?
Let us know what you think.
We have posted free public education opportunities starting February and March. One is focused on Multiculturalism organized by Gladwin Language Centre and another is Life Skills Workshops conducted by Abbotsford Community Services.
Start the year with awareness and continue on with purposeful action.
Check out this link: Public Education on Multiculturalism and Immigrants’ Life Skills
Posted on Jan 10 2012 11:11 pm by mmanzanal
category: Organizing multicultural/diversity events Uncategorized
Isolation is the number 1 struggle of newly arrived immigrants / newcomers in the community. How many ways can you make newcomers feel welcomed and included in your neighborhood?
There are many simple things that your association can do; here are some tricks tips to start with:
- Invite new Canadians to block parties, ask a long time Canadian with same origin to knock on their door & explain what it is and what is expected of their participation.
- When events involved food, best to inquire of the cultural /religious diet and activity constraints of the diverse members of the neighborhood (e.g. Halal for Muslims, vegetarian for Hindus & Sikhs, kosher for Jews, activities for PWDs, children and seniors).
- Ensure that non-English speaking or those that have limited English are given opportunity to participate in meetings by having someone from that community interpret for them. Pair them with long time immigrants for succeeding information sessions & follow-up.
- Put up signs or information about your association in languages that make up your community, e.g. Punjabi, Hindi, Korean, Tagalog and Chinese. Use Google translation or any other open software but ensure to check with someone who speaks it as first language.
- Organize home visits to newly arrived immigrants to welcome them in the neighborhood & assign groups tour them around the various sites in Abbotsford, shopping malls & business district, parks, and worship places, and recreation facilities.
- Connect newly arrived newcomers to the various community resources available for them from service-providers, educational institutions, municipality services & facilities, banks and hospitals, and other free-of-cost settlement programs.
- Facilitate ‘getting to know’ conversations with new neighbors to expand their networks & make new friends, and identify common interests and hobbies, other fun ways to stay connected.
- Create walking, cycling, tours & other appropriate activities for seniors, children, and home-staying caregivers, including Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and ESL communities.
- Demonstrate pride in cultural identity by supporting commemoration cultural/religious events such as Hannukah, Vaisakhi, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Ukrainian New Year, and Christmas in your neighborhood.
- Keep a calendar of the important dates being celebrated by families and groups in your area. This will alert organizers of the possible conflict with some of their cultural and religious observance.
To learn more about ways the City can assist Neighborhoods to grow and develop, contact our City Community Developer at email@example.com or call at 604.557.1464.
Posted on Aug 31 2011 11:23 pm by mmanzanal
category: Organizing multicultural/diversity events