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.

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