Cultural diversity explored in Capital Region

Diversity Summit looks at challenges faced by immigrants in Greater Victoria

Cultural diversity in Greater Victoria will be tackled head on at a special conference in Sidney next Thursday (Nov. 21).

Diversity Summit, presented by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and Community Partnership Network, will explore issues like improving diversity within a company to the challenges faced by the roughly 1,400 immigrants who move to the Capital Region each year.

“Immigrants are our economic engine and they have the experience and skills that cannot always be found locally,” says Jean McRae, ICA’s executive director. “Looking to the future, baby boomers will need to depend on the tax base of those that support our social services and pensions.

“This summit not only strengthens our ability to understand the needs of immigrant newcomers and support their integration, but also ensures that we can be better at attracting and retaining those who will help build a prosperous community.”

Presenters include multiculturalism and anti-racism expert Meharoona Ghani, transformational theatre expert Lina de Guevara, multicultural business expert Lionel Laroche and others.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre.

For more information, visit icavictoria.org.