An exhibit highlighting local diversity is coming to the Brockville Public Library.
On September 13th at 1:00pm the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership Program are going to unveil an exhibit as part of the We Are Neighbours campaign. The campaign is aimed at celebrating the diverse backgrounds and cultures of people living in Leeds Grenville. During the exhibit’s reveal two community members, who immigrated to the area and participated in the campaign, will be sharing their reasons for supporting We Are Neighbours and give a brief recap of their journey.
A number of local officials will be attending the event including Mayor David L. Henderson, Program Manager Melissa Francis and Project Coordinator Vivianne White.
The We Are Neighbours Campaign was created to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. It consists of interviews with local residents that focus on immigration, which are in turn posted on the campaign’s website and social media. Some participants that have been featured in the campaign call Merrickville, Brockville, Prescott, North Augusta and North Grenville home. One of the recent interviewees is North Grenville Councillor Frank Onasanya. In his interview Onasanya talks about his childhood, the challenges he faced as an immigrant to both England and Canada and how his experiences made him into the man he is today.
The We Are Neighbours exhibit will move to five other local venues between September and December. For more information about the campaign, or to read the completed interviews, go to http://weareneighbours.weebly.com/.