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Workshop looks at respect

The Kamloops Immigrant Services Society will host a Respect Network diversity workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 26, to address the issue.

“We are working to promote respect for all and address discrimination issues,” said Annette Sharkey, one of the organizers.

“We know there is racism and discrimination in the community.”

The workshop — which is free and includes a lunch — is primarily directed toward non-profit societies, government agencies and businesses.

“A participant could be someone working on the frontline or is a human resources officer,” said Sharkey.

Facilitator Paula Carr will focus on the topic “Growing an intercultural community: A process of being, belonging and becoming.”

The Respect Network is funded by the provincial government and it includes community groups in the Thompson-Okanagan working to ensure all residents are welcomed, valued and respected.

The Kamloops workshop will be at the KIS office, held at 448 Tranquille Rd. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizations wishing to register for the workshop can email

For more information on the Respect Network, go to

Sharkey said racism is an uncomfortable issue but she hopes the workshop will be well-attended.

“It’s all about opening our eyes to other cultures. The workshop is very positive so people can learn,” she said.

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