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CPN Diversity Seminar: Understanding Cultural and Faith Practices of Syrian Refugees

  • Pacific Opera Victoria - Wingate Studio 925 Balmoral Road Victoria, BC, V8T 1A7 Canada (map)


The Community Partnership Network (CPN) and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria invite CPN members to this timely seminar that explores the cultural and faith practices of Syrian Refugees and Middle Eastern newcomers. Increase your organization's ability to better understand and provide inclusive and supportive program/services/employment for newcomers from the Middle East.

An informative panel presentation starts off the session with guests:

  • Imam Ismail Nur (Masjid Al-Iman Mosque): What is the size and diversity of the Muslim community in Victoria? What are the key elements of Islam? What role does faith play in the lives of Syrian refugees? What support and role does the local Mosque provide in the community?

  • May Shahedih (Settlement Worker): May will explain the vital role that food plays in Middle Eastern culture and talk about the dynamics of family and interpersonal relationships.

  • Adam Yaghi (Syrian Refugee Housing Coordinator): Adam will share share his knowledge around emerging settlement issues experienced by Syrian Refugees when they come to Victoria. Who are the Syrian refugees and

  • Salma Eddiani (Settlement Youth Worker): Salma will share her experiences of working with Syrian refugee youth and how we can best support their adaption to life in Victoria. What are some key strategies to support youth and more effectively deliver programs and services.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Global Cafe activity. Members will explore how we can more effectively reach out to and engage newcomers from the Muslim faith. Syrian refugees and newcomers from the Middle East will be guests at the Global Cafe to share their experiences and answer questions your questions.

A delicious Mediteranean lunch and refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the seminar (12noon-1pm).

Please note that, due to limited seating, registration priority will be given to CPN members.

To register, please click on this Eventbrite Link.

The CPN Diversity Seminar is made possible thanks to funding from the United Way of Greater Victoria.