Cultures meet in Maple Ridge


A mix of Ukrainanin food, Chinese dancing and Iranian music is not something a person would generally experience in one place at one time. However in Maple Ridge, ISSofBC ELSA students and staff did just that by joining forces with other community organizations to put together a multi-cultural extravaganza called Celebrations Around the World.

This event, on March 7 at The Hive Neighbourhood Centre, showcased an array of multicultural food, performances, videos and displays ELSA Maple Ridge students created.

This collaborative effort with The Hive, the Maple Ridge Literacy Committee and the Family Education & Support Centre, brought in approximately 200 people to the celebration.

Eysa Alvarez , ISSofBC Assistant Manager/Registration Coordinator in Maple Ridge, said all involved are looking forward to holding more collaborative events in the future in order to promote a more inclusive and welcoming environment for immigrants in Maple Ridge.

Eysa would like to give a big thank you to the Maple Ridge Settlement and ELSA staff and ISSofBC’s Yumiko King for contributing to the success of this event.

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