The 2020 Grey Bruce One World Festival: Imagining Our Inclusive Future will be held Thursday, June 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. along First Avenue West — between 8th Street West and 9th Street West — with activities in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library. The festival is free and open to everyone.
The 2020 Grey Bruce One World Festival is organized by the Inclusive Communities Committee of Grey and Bruce (ICC), which comprises people from the community, and from local agencies and groups, who all share a strong commitment to creating a stronger community by building acceptance and inclusivity (if you’d like to be part of the ICC, go to the Join Us! page on this site).
In 2020, the ICC and the Grey Bruce One World Festival became part of Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (welcominggreybruce.ca). Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (WCGB) works to create an inclusive and welcoming Grey Bruce, where differences are celebrated and no one is left behind, by:
— providing local education, counselling, referrals and other support services, including language instruction, employment training, job-search programs, translation services and information programs on regional and Canadian culture and life, for immigrants, refugees and newcomers in need,
— engaging community members in planning and activities to reduce social, racial, cultural and institutional barriers, and support a welcoming and inclusive Grey Bruce, and
— collaborating with public, not-for-profit and private organizations and businesses to ensure that the needs of newcomers to Grey and Bruce are met and to build a welcoming and inclusive region for all residents.
2020 Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (WCGB) board members are (back row from left) Nicholas Forrester, Waleed Aslam, Muna Shrestha, Manpreet Kaur Sangha, Donald Anderson, Colleen Purdon and David Morris, with staff members (front row from left) Olga Jura and Map Ip from WCGB’s Rural Pathways to Employment for Visible-Minority Newcomer Women program.
— And congratulations to the Grey Bruce One World Festival for receiving a 2017 Owen Sound Cultural Award: