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