The Welcoming Communities BC program was launched with an open house at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society on First Avenue Thursday, April 4.
Cariboo South MLA Donna Barnett and acting Williams Lake Mayor Surinderpal Rathor spoke some encouraging words about cultural diversity and people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds working together.
They each shared personal stories about cultural diversity in their own lives.
Rathor spoke about some of the more difficult aspects he experienced in his early days as a new immigrant to Canada and how he became more and more involved with the community.
At the event Doug White gave a piping performance and Chief David Archie from Stswacecemcxgattem (Canoe Creek Band) and Mary Thomas from the Williams Lake Bands provided a drum prayer and an honour song.
Thomas also talked about the historical significance of a ceremonial feather piece which has been passed on for several generations and has been part of numerous ceremonies in Canada and as far away as New Zealand.
A delicious spread of international foods was served following the official ceremonies.
Program coordinator Sharon Taylor talked about the importance of diversity and how diversity can enrich and strengthen the community.