On Dec. 18th, Kamloops Immigrant Services hosted a diversity event addressing issues around the welcome and integration of Syrian Newcomers to Kamloops. It was attended by over 300 diverse people from throughout Kamloops and the surrounding region. Special thanks to representatives of several organizations who contributed and showed support:
- Kamloops Welcomes New Syrian Neighbours – Welcome messages
- Cultural Presentation about Syria and Syrian culture (1hr) Includes Official Welcome from City of Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar, Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Councillor Viola Thomas, and Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society (KAFS) Honour Song.
- Panel Discussion:
Addressing efforts, resources and responses in Kamloops and the surrounding region. The first part focuses on a set of questions designed to access panel members perspectives. The second part is an open Q & A from the public.
The Syrian Canadian Council of BC – Director Nader Abdullah and Spokesperson Abdulrahim Othman
Discussion Panel Members:
- Paul Lagacé – Executive Director, Kamloops Immigrant Services
- Bill Sundhu – Human Rights Lawyer
- Martha Asbaugh – Co-chair of Refugees And Friends Together (RAFT)
- Faisal Siddiqui and Imam Mazhar Mahmood – Kamloops Islamic Association
- City of Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar and Council members Arjun Singh, Marg Spina and Donovan Cavers.
- Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Tk’emlúps Indian Band Councillor Viola Thomas and CEO George Petel
- Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society (KAFS)