The Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) and the City of Kingston are inviting the community to the unveiling of the SayHello Conversation Centre in Market Square, along with six different SayHello standees that will be located across our city.
Mayor Bryan Paterson will attend the event on Monday, July 16 at 2:30pm as part of the SayHello campaign, with its goal of making Kingston a community where all feel welcome, included, accepted and valued.
“The purpose of the conversation centre is to create a space where people can sit and speak about themselves and their experiences with other residents,” said Cristian Medina, project coordinator at KIP, in a release. “Opening the lines of communication is the best thing we can do to fight misconceptions and stereotypes and to create a more connected community.”
The City will also unveil new umbrellas in Market Square with “Welcome” in 13 languages, including Ojibwa and Mohawk.
“While seemingly a small gesture, I think the visual of welcoming everyone is significant whether they are here for a few hours or living here permanently. It is another step toward being an inclusive and diverse community”, said Cheryl Hitchen, social policy & strategic community development manager, City of Kingston.
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UPDATE: Mayor Paterson posted a photo at the unveiling:
Excited to be a part of today's SayHello conversation centre! This great campaign is all about starting a conversation, sharing stories and finding common ground so that #ygk is welcoming and inclusive for everyone! @Immigrate_Ktown pic.twitter.com/p42rMtJzZ8
— Bryan Paterson (@MayorPaterson) July 16, 2018
The SayHello campaign was launched on May 31 to reduce racism, discrimination and exclusion in our community. Stories of people who have experienced racism or felt discriminated against have been shared on social media. SayHello posters and postcards are displayed at locations across the city, and Kingstonians have had the opportunity to see SayHello ads on Kingston Transit, in City facilities and along the road.
For more information, visit www.kipcouncil.ca