What makes a community welcoming and inclusive?
This was a question posed at a St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigrant Partnership community event hosted in the fall of 2016. An engaged group of immigrants, local residents, service providers, students, local elected officials, and business owners attended the event to discuss the current and future state of welcoming and inclusive communities in Leeds Grenville. A common theme emerged from these discussions — that to enhance the sense of belonging for residents of all backgrounds, local communities should be doing more to recognize and celebrate the diversity of individuals living in Leeds Grenville.
This suggestion spurred the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership to launch the community-driven campaign ‘We Are Neighbours’. After a successful 2017 Campaign featuring 22 stories from across Leeds and Grenville, the Immigration Partnership has decided to continue the initiative into 2018.