REACH AGM & Showcase Celebration

Date: Thursday June 8th 2017 4:30 pm to Thursday June 8th 2017 8:00 pm
Place: Central Lions Recreation Centre, 11113-113 St. NW
With policies affecting immigration and refugees in Canada dominating headlines over the past 18 months, REACH has decided to focus on this issue through a local lens by taking a look at the challenges and successes arising from Edmonton's newcomer communities.

This year's theme is Diversity is our Strength: Stories of Challenge and Triumph. Judy Piercey and Ian Stewart of Pen and Lens Communications will be presenting the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion about the immigrant and refugee experience in Edmonton. Panelists will include Joseph Luri, Mohammad Ayyash and Arlene Morales. The panel will be moderated by REACH executive director, Jan Fox.

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Judy and Ian spent three months capturing the work of the REACH Immigrant & Refugee Initiative (RIRI) cultural navigators, exploring the intersections of money, gender roles, communication and LGBTQ issues in immigrant and refugee communities. Along the way, they discovered an inspiring story of innovative community leadership, which they tell through pictures and words. They will share the stories they heard while shedding light on the specific challenges facing new arrivals to Canada in Edmonton.

Healthier families make safer communities, which is why the RIRI cultural navigators work to help create community-based support networks to assist with the challenges associated with settling into a new country. REACH works with a variety of different ethno-cultural groups (especially through RIRI) including Eritrean, Filipino, French African, Middle Eastern, Oromo, Somali, Sudanese and LGBTQ+ persons.

This evening, emceed by Mark Connolly, is an opportunity for Edmontonians to come together to explore how we can create a brighter future that is inclusive for all. Entertainment includes Ahmed Ali, Nasra Adem and Sangea.



  • Dinner & Networking - 4:30 p.m.
  • AGM - 5 p.m.
  • Showcase Celebration - 6 p.m.