With Mayor Marcel Roy proclaiming September 8th to 17th as Welcome Week in Weyburn, local businesses are reminded to pick up 'Welcome' signs from the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
"This week, we honour the spirit of unity that brings neighbors together across Canada during Welcome Week. I invite all residents of Weyburn to join this movement of communities nationwide and worldwide by renewing our commitment to our core values and taking in the spirit of Welcome Week," Roy stated in his proclamation on September 1st.
The purpose of these free posters is to encourage the local newcomers, many of whom are recently new to Canada, as a gesture of being welcoming to everyone.
“It is our inspiration that through these displays, businesses and residents will showcase their support, extending a warm sense of belonging to our newcomers,” Employment Consultant with Southeast Advocates for Employment, Shannon Fodchuk, shared.
“Our hope is for businesses and residents to place them in their windows that week, so when newcomers are walking around Weyburn they can see the support from the community showing that they're welcome here.”
Laura Eddy, Settlement Advisor with Southeast Newcomer Services, said it's very important to have our newcomers and our residents of Weyburn come together.
"I mean, meet your neighbor, right? It's very important that we make every newcomer feel welcome in our city. All they want is to just belong to a Canadian city, and meet people," she shared.
The “Taste of the Nations” event, featuring samples of food from 12 different countries, will be held this Friday at McKenna Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“We will have booths set up from all around the world, serving samples of traditional cuisine made by newcomers here in Weyburn,” said Fodchuk. “Tickets to this event will cost $15, and to purchase these tickets, you can stop by our office, which is at 203 1st Street, Monday to Friday, or give Laura [Eddy] or myself Shannon a call and we can make arrangements. Our number is 306-842-9081.”
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