MOSAIC’s 2018 Multicultural Settlement Fair — hosted by our Moving Ahead Program and Settlement and Integration Program — was held on February 3 at Edmonds Community School. In addition to providing information on available community services, the fair promoted diversity and multiculturalism within the society and supported positive expressions of culture and traditions.
The fair brought together community members of diverse backgrounds, community service provider organizations, and politicians. Peter Julian, Member of Parliament for the riding of New Westminster—Burnaby and Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds spoke about their role in the community and services they provide.
The event included a series of colorful multicultural performances by Willingdon Church Filipino Group, Kurdish Group, Syrain Children Singing – Give me my childhood (Arabic, French, English), Adalat Dance Company, Chinese folk dances performed by Golden Maple Chinese Performance Group, Big Love Dance Group, Super Fun Singing Group, and Japanese Taiko Drum Performance by Chibi Taiko as well as a multicultural fashion show featuring a “mosaic” of various cultures living in Burnaby.
“MOSAIC’s annual Multicultural Settlement Fair is well-regarded by newcomers as it provides a great opportunity for them to meet other people, build a sense of belonging, and increase knowledge about community services” says Zarghoona Wakil, Settlement and Integration Program Manager.
If you are new to Canada, you probably have many questions and concerns. Moving to a new country can be very disruptive, but we are here to help. To learn more, please visit mosaicbc.org/settlement.