Working towards cultural harmony in Richmond

Via: Langara Voice

RMCS organizes events, such as their upcoming celebration for Diwali and Eid on Nov. 26, to help bring together people of all ages and cultures to promote cultural harmony.

RMCS also offers a weekly English conversation class where immigrants can learn basic English phrases to get by on a regular basis. Ratton said that it is not an ESL course, but that it teaches the important aspects of the language to foster continuing language development.

Isolation and loneliness are huge obstacles for any new immigrant

“Isolation is one big factor that immigrants face,” said Ratton. “If they come here as refugees or skilled workers they don’t have family or any real support system. Leaving the house becomes a big fear for them.”- Read the full article here

 

Artist fosters civic engagement

Via Richmond News:

First, let me tell you about the event itself. Twenty new Canadians were paired with 20 officials from the city. Long tables were set up in one of the meeting rooms at City Hall, decorated with unique tablecloths, place settings, and dishes cooked by the new Canadians, who put a lot of time and effort into their preparations.

This was done to make the city officials feel like they had been invited to their partner’s home for lunch and to set the table (pun wildly intended) for the pairs to open up and share experiences on a person-toperson (not citizen to official) basis.

There were paper runners on the table as well, where the facilitator had painted conversation starters to get things going. But as it turned out, no one needed any ice breakers and the pairs were excited to get to know each other. Some surprising connections were discovered.

– See more at: http://www.richmond-news.com/community/artist-fosters-civic-engagement-1.495375#sthash.vQetojxV.dpuf 

Award-winning theatre group loses funding

Via the Richmond News

“It’s a challenge as I don’t think settlement ends after three years. Settlement can be a long process based on their challenges. Making a community work and be inclusive is about helping people with longer term struggles,” said Grewal.

The program will now operate on a limited, voluntary basis.

Grewal also said one of the things that worked best for the program was the fact new immigrants could mingle with both longer-term immigrants and multi-generational Canadians and talk about their unique experiences.

“The program seemed to have a lot of impact and built leaders among peers in schools. That’s why we believe it’s a program that should continue,” she said.

The youth troupe consists of high school students in the city who take on leadership roles after receiving training from adult RMCS staff, such as Richmond in 3D’s director Mark Pawson, a professional actor and expert in non-violent communication skills.” – Read full article by clicking here