S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Community Forum on Immigration and Racial Discrimination was a full house event at the UBC Robson Square on Wednesday, February 22.
The keynote speaker, Artur Wilczynski, Canada’s Ambassador to Norway, shared his family’s story about how they survived the Holocaust and came to Canada. He noted, “I am a Polish, a Jewish, a Quebecois. Most important, I am a Canadian.”
He talked about how important it was for Canadians to speak out against various forms of discrimination and xenophobia which explained why he felt he had an obligation to work towards a more inclusive and respectful Canada.
Dr. Gurdeep Parhar, Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism, Faculty of Medicine of UBC, talked about the importance of diversity and inclusion.
Going by the overwhelming response to this event, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will be launching a series of community roundtables across Metro Vancouver. These facilitated conversations will create a platform for community members to share and reflect on thoughts on diversity and inclusion while engaging them in thought-provoking discussions regarding cultural integration in our community – to build safe, strong and enlightened neighborhoods. Each session will be held at one of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s local offices or another accessible community location.
As part of the legacy, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will also create a documentary video, featuring interviews with immigrants and community leaders, about the value of and the contributions of immigrants in Canada. The video will be distributed through multiple channels including a special screening video launch, online and social media channels, and grassroots outreach through high schools and universities as a way to help educate the future generations of who we are and where we are from as stories of immigrants in Canada. – CINEWS