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Unique event encourages Frederictonians to share stories and celebrate diversity

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FREDERICTON, February 9, 2015— National storytelling initiative Passages Canada joined the Multicultural Association of Fredericton to capture the city’s diversity with a free workshop—The Stories We Hold.  Award-winning Global New Brunswick journalist, Shelley Steeves, shared anecdotes from her years reporting on cultural diversity. Local community-builder and former refugee, Saa Andrew Gbongbor, marked Black History Month with his inspiring personal story. Passages Canada facilitators provided tools for telling stories in compelling ways.

Speaker, Saa Andrew Gbongbor

Frederictonians shared personal objects that told stories of immigration, heritage, or identity. Local volunteers rallied to help record these objects and stories for the Passages Canada online Story Archive. Many of the participants will go on to share their stories with local schools and community groups as volunteer speakers with Passages Canada.

“Fredericton is increasingly a city of diverse communities, each of them with great stories to tell,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to help tell these stories through our work with our Passages Canada speakers, and our Story Archive.”

Passages Canada is a national storytelling initiative of Historica Canada that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue in Canadian communities. Their volunteer speakers share their personal experiences of identity, culture and immigration with groups of all ages. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.


For more information:

Maddy Macnab, Program Officer

t. 416.506.1867 x 264 / cell: 647.973.7174



Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator

t. 416.506.1867 x 261