Diversity Events

Come Celebrate Our Diversity — Virtually!
To everyone whose enthusiasm, energy and commitment to building an inclusive community has made the One World Festival such a great event over the years —
Since we will be unable to get together for an in-person One World Festival in the spring of 2021, you are invited to gather online to celebrate the diversity in our community and offer local elementary schoolchildren and their teachers some of the inspiring performances, activities, and teachings about inclusivity that you have brought to the festival over the years.
We are developing a new page called “Teaching Resources” on this site, where we will post your entries — all centred on diversity — throughout the spring, for children, teachers (and parents) to enjoy together. Please create something of your own — aimed at elementary schoolchildren — to add. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Short videos — in MP4 format and no longer than five minutes — could feature: a song from your heritage culture, an introduction to some basic words from your heritage language (“mother,” “father,” days of the week, “hello,” “goodbye,” “I miss you!”), a show-and-tell about hand drums or jingle dresses (or a sari, kente cloth, kimono, kirpan, ceintre fléchée, dastar or sporran), a demonstration of a traditional dance or instrument, children’s game or craft, or your telling of a folktale, describing a powwow, telling about your first day in Canada (if you are a newcomer), remembering how your grandparents travelled here (if they
were settlers), or sharing your family’s heritage and special holidays. Every individual or group who submits an accepted video will receive a $100 honorarium until our budget limit is reached. Please send a confirmation of your video entry, in advance, and submit your completed entry to jo@jocalvert.ca
Printed messages such as poems, traditional recipes (for holidays or every day, and with a photo, please), and jpg-format images such as photographs of flags, maps and artwork are also welcome.
Thanks to you all!
— the Inclusive Communities Committee of Grey and Bruce

Check out an amazing diversity of activities and services available at the library in downtown Owen Sound at:

Year of the Ox Art Show in Celebration of Chinese New Year
From February 8 through March 8

Grey Bruce Chinese Heritage & Culture Association would like to thank all the local artists and downtown businesses for participating in the Year of the Ox Art Show. Thirty-one wonderful artworks are being displayed at twelve Owen Sound locations. Here’s where to find them:
Birgit’s Bakery Cafe:
Artists Hillary Hopps, Raquell Yang
Ginger Press Bookshop and Cafe:
Artists John Laughlin, Mary Little
Grey Gallery:
Artists Sarah McComb-Turbitt, Dana Christie, Elaine Doy
Heartwood Home:
Artists Yuko Ueno Velaitis, Aldona Morrison, Lesley Bankes
Mochi Tea:
Artists Emily Bi, Lynn Skinner, Lynn Bewley, Richard-Yves Sitoski, Joyce Mackenzie
Artists Ralph Bergman, Rober W Menzies
Pretty Woman’s Shoes & Swirls:
Artists Pam Woodward, Patti Waterfield
Sour Cat Records:
Artists Rin Ishibashi, Melissa D’souza Harris, Jennifer Prior
Terney’s Smoke Shop:
Artists Gae Thrinkwon, Dave Huston
The Bleeding Carrot:
Artists Andree Levie-Warrilow, Denise Freeman
The Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts:
Artists Jenny Parsons, Bonnie Gardiner, Lydia Knox
Wild Flowers Consignment:
Artists Laurel Pederson, Dianne Semple-Patille


Our Settlement and Language Services team is working remotely and continue to be available to assist newcomers with their settlement needs.

We know that learning about a new community and all it has to offer can be overwhelming at the best of times, we’re here to make this transition easier. If you are working with anyone who is new to Canada and new to the area, please refer them to us so we can show off all that Grey-Bruce has to offer and help them feel comfortable calling Grey-Bruce home.

Settlement and Language Services is more than ESL courses and Settlement supports. It’s about helping newcomers build positive community connections, make friends and engage in local events/activities so they feel the same valuable connection to the community that the rest of us do.

We are connecting with newcomers are through our monthly virtual Cooking Classes, LINC Classes and working with community organizations, employers and landlords to introduce and educate newcomers on culture, workplace, housing and much more.

Upcoming events include:

Cooking Class
February 25

One of our students will teach us how to prepare us a Middle Eastern/North African dish. To find out more, contact us at 519-371-9222 ext. 6 or email settlement@osgb.ymca.ca



Information and resources for COVID-19:

Grey Bruce Public Health Information
Ontario Ministry of Health

Government of Canada
Grey County

Bruce County
M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre
United Way Grey Bruce
Resources and Supports for Newcomers and Immigrants Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic
Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force