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Passages to Canada speakers share their stories with students for Asian Heritage Month

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For many of the Bakersfield students, these stories resonate on a very personal level. 

VAUGHAN, ON, May 16, 2013 – To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, students at Bakersfield Public School heard The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Passages to Canada speakers share their journeys to Canada and the struggles they overcame to adjust to their new country.

Dr. Richard Dong, an acupuncturist from China, shared his uniquely multicultural story of arriving in Toronto and integrating initially into the Italian community because he spoke the language. Vineeta Nath, a teacher from India, spoke about the challenges she experienced finding work and shared what she had learned on the importance of networking and professional development.

For many of the Bakersfield students, these stories resonate on a very personal level. Over half of the students are second generation Canadians and speak a language other than English at home. They live next door to Markham, now Canada’s most diverse community.

“The GTA is home to many diverse communities, each with important stories about the Canadian experience,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of The Historica-Dominion Institute. “We’re delighted to help share these stories through our work with local speakers in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.”

The Passages to Canada Speakers Bureau offers volunteers from a diverse range of ethno-cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds the opportunity to share stories of their heritage and identity with schools and community groups. Since 2002, over 700 speakers have created dialogue on Canada’s diversity with over 250,000 youth and adults. Passages to Canada is generously supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and TD Bank Group.

The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.

The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Asia-Canada web portal is another great resource for people to learn more about the Asian experience in Canada.


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Davida Aronovitch, Communications Manager

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