Penticton workshop takes aim at discrimination
Intolerance continues to generate pain in the community.
South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services will host a Respect Network diversity workshop on Thursday.
“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 towards non-profit societies, government agencies and businesses.
“A participant could be someone working on the frontline or a human resources officer,” said Sharkey.
The facilitator will be Jim Sands and he will explore the multiple dimensions of inclusion, the continuum of partnership and strategies for addressing current community issues.
The Respect Network is funded by the provincial government and it includes community groups in the Thompson-Okanagan trying to ensure all residents are welcomed, valued and respected.
The Penticton workshop will be held at the En’owkin Centre on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Organizations wishing to register for the workshop can email email@example.com. For more information on the Respect Network, go to www.respectnetwork.ca.
Sharkey admits that 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.