Beyond Lip Service Talk Series
SUBMITTED/Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership
February 16, 2017 - 3:28 PM
In these times of uncertainty both locally and globally, it is most important that we have open dialogue about topics that affect all our lives.
We do not all have to agree but it’s through empathetic listening that we can build bridges and develop connections that will deepen our communities and enable the prosperity we all desire.
The Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership (COLIP) Beyond Lip Service is a talk series designed to look at the history of immigration in the Central Okanagan, what role newcomers currently play in the growth of our region and what inclusion looks like in our community.
Beyond Lip Service Talk Series consists of three talks and the second installment is this Tuesday February 21st 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Rutland Library.
The talk will center on Building Community - Make our valley inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. It will be hosted by Jessica Samuels, Okanagan Kootenay Area Manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and feature speakers Dr. Shirley Chau (UBCO), Dr. Hugo De Burgos (UBCO), Alya Ramadan (CBC), Khalid Arrian (Islamic Centre) and Edyta Cote (Community Worker).
As well, the Okanagan Mission Secondary School (OKM) debate team will be there to position the argument, as Canadians; do we exercise our rights responsibly? The Beyond Lip Service February talk is brought to you in partnership with Okanagan Regional Library – Rutland Branch, Global Citizen Kelowna and the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership.
The Central Okanagan LIP is driven by a Council of community stakeholders whose aims are to support newcomer settlement and integration through local community engagement and collaboration. Central Okanagan LIP Council members include municipal governments, cultural groups, immigrants, the school district, post-secondary education, employers, foundations, local media, umbrella organizations, and non-profit organizations from the four Central Okanagan communities: Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, and Peachland. LIP Council members serve as independent experts to represent the views of their organizations and stakeholder groups.
About Global Citizen Kelowna:
Global Citizen Kelowna (GCK) is an initiative of The Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan-ISCO. GCK is an annual festival of events about empowerment. It is about the need to mobilize and support one another on a global scale. Formed in 2004, Global Citizen Kelowna is a reminder of the UN Millennium Development Goals and a way to connect citizens of Kelowna with agencies that can, and do, help to affect meaningful change on a global scale.
Beyond Lip Service Talk Series is brought to you by Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada, Ministry of International Trade, Kelowna Community Resources and the Council members of the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership (COLIP).
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