Multiculturalism Day

In 2002, the Government of Canada designated June 27 as Canadian Multiculturalism Day. For Canada, Multiculturalism Day is about celebrating diversity, demonstrating our commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect as well as showing appreciation for the contributions of various multicultural communities to our society.

Here in Halton Region we have much to celebrate. We are a diverse community composed of people from various cultural backgrounds, traditions and religions. In Halton we welcome, respect, value and celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of all residents. People who choose Halton Region as their home enrich our community and make us the strong Region we are today.

Halton Region actively supports inclusion in our programs and services. We work diligently to ensure that all residents have access to Regional services, regardless of their background, circumstances or abilities. We also work with several community organizations to ensure that residents have access to the resources and supports they are looking for within our community.

I am proud of the many community partners and organizations in Halton, which encourage people to engage and connect with the larger community, to build friendships and support systems, while still preserving their heritage, faith and culture.

I will be attending several multicultural events and festivals throughout Halton again this year. These events are wonderful opportunities for residents to come together to learn about the various cultures and backgrounds that contribute to our diverse community. If you have the chance, I encourage you to attend one of these events. Take some time to get to know your neighbours, share in each other’s experiences and celebrate our similarities, as well as our differences. In doing so, a sense of community will thrive and you can find the place where you belong.

By celebrating our diversity and our multiculturalism, we are ensuring that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”