World Refugee Day is a global holiday that celebrates the strength and courage of those families who have been forced to leave their homes due to persecution. Sarah Merwin, Refugee and Support Services Coordinator, said, “Every year on June 20th, we can be reminded of the rich diversity that refugees bring to our communities.”
On June 19th, two events were held in celebration of World Refugee Day. Thanks to a fundraising campaign hosted by Martinrea, volunteers were able to fill 150 bags with food and household items, which were distributed to refugee families during a drive-thru event. There were also bags for children including soccer balls, bubbles, and coloring books. In addition, families had the chance to grab a hot meal from Grandma’s Catering.
The Refugee and Immigration Department also put together a virtual showcase that featured a cultural cooking segment, fashion show, and entertainment performances. The event, which was shared on Facebook, allowed people from our community to come together near or far to celebrate World Refugee Day.
The World Refugee Day event is a fun and creative way to highlight our refugee community. “It is an opportunity to raise awareness and gain understanding about the brave, creative, and talented individuals who make up our refugee community,” added Sarah.