Monday, May 23, 2016

Cycling4Diversity will be visiting Burnaby Schools on May 25th, 2016

CAYLEY DOBIE | BURNABY NOW 
MAY 20, 2016 01:50 PM





Cyclists will be riding into Burnaby on Thursday to promote inclusiveness.
For the sixth year in a row, riders with the Cycling4Diversity Foundation are travelling around the Lower Mainland for three days in support of Cycling4Diversity Week, born out of the United Nations’ World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which aims to promote cultural diversity through understanding and inclusion.
Riders will be stopping at Burnaby South Secondary and Byrne Creek Secondary schools for a brief presentation on May 26, said Ken Herar, one of the organizers.
“It’s a half-an-hour kind of thing just to listen to what the kids have to say about (diversity) and how can we make our communities more inclusive and interactive with each other,” he said.
Herar said the purpose of the event is to connect with kids and help them think critically about racism and what biases they may have.
“People have biases, so we need to reflect on those things to make our communities a better place,” he said. “Racism has changed and it’s still out there, but people do it in different ways. Let’s be real, it’s not just the white people as people may think, it’s everyone. Everyone has biases.”
Cycling4Diversity will be at Burnaby South Secondary at 9:30 a.m. and at Byrne Creek Secondary at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.cycling4diversity.ca.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cycling4Diversity Week in the District of Mission May 22nd - May 28th, 2016

Cycling4Diversity week in Mission

The District of Mission has proclaimed May 22-28 as Cycling4Diversity week. Riders will head out beginning May 25. - Kevin Mills Photo
The District of Mission has proclaimed May 22-28 as Cycling4Diversity week. Riders will head out beginning May 25.
— Image Credit: Kevin Mills Photo
It’s Cycling4Diversity week from May 22-28 in Mission and throughout the province.
This year, riders will be taking to the streets on a three-day tour of the Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland area.
On May 25, cyclists will ride through Hope, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs, stopping at schools and other community buildings to share stories about diversity.
Riders will go again on May 26, this time from Burnaby to Surrey and will wrap up the tour on May 27 in Mission and Abbotsford.
“We are trying to encourage people in the community to reach out to people they may not know in their neighbourhood or in their workplace and schools, to bridge the culture gaps that we still face,” said Ken Herar, founder of the event.
This year marks the sixth annual Cycling4Diversity event. Since it began, cyclists have visited more than 100 schools in the area.
“We’ve done all the schools in Mission already (except for one),” said Herar.
While it has yet to be confirmed, riders are hoping to visit Dewdney Elementary this year.
There are usually six to 10 riders at a time taking part in the event.
“It’s better with a smaller group because it gives everybody a chance to speak at the school and share their experiences. It’s not about how many people, it’s about the message,” said Herar.
Students are encouraged to share their stories as well.
“We want people to hear about the challenges, but about the positive stories as well.”

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dawn Haig of Mission shares her work-related experiences on culture and diversity







We would like to thank Save on Foods of Abbotsford store manager Dawn Haig for the gift cards, Cineplex for the movie tickets and Cycling4Diversity for the shirts.  Haig shared her experience in relation to the question: "Diversity has affected my life in many ways. Working for a company that promotes diversity has provided me with many opportunities of growth in my career. In my position I have been fortunate to work with many diverse communities. Promoting diversity gives me the tools to provide great customer service in all the communities we serve. It is a joy to be supporting our local diverse communities. "
View-From-Valley-archive8By Ken Herar
The Cycling4Diversity team is ready to put the pedal to the medal and deliver the message of diversity and inclusivity from May 22nd – 28th during Cycling4Diversity Week in BC.  The focus this year will on rural communities visiting Hope, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs during the first portion of our journey.  I am excited to lead the team through this corridor and during our planning the communities have welcomed us with open arms.  Sometimes smaller communities get missed in the equation and the message of diversity needs to be planted. I was at a crossroads this year if I wanted to plan the ride having visited over 100 schools in the past five year, but the encouragement of the community and  Executive Director Anne Marie Sjoden, we are more passionate than ever to do this again.
Reflecting, on what most impresses me the most on this initiative, having only planning on doing this once back in 2011, has been the support of the community. Where ever we have knocked to get support to assist us organizations and members from the community have stepped up and made our work much easier. This is more of the reflection that should be displayed is that we live in a great community that believes in respect and continuing to make it better.  The team is tremendously honoured to deliver this message and excited about finishing in Abbotsford at Robert Bateman Secondary on May 27th.
We are always looking for new members and if you want to part of our C4D team this year do send us a message. Sjoden said, “This is my 3rd year with the organization and I always enjoy meeting new people and being able to share my message about diversity. I would like to put an invite out to the public that we are always looking for new team members. The best way to reach us is by sending us an email cycling4diversity@gmail.com or you can send us a message on our Facebook Like page.”
The Abbotsford News and Cycling4Diversity finished our Short Message Contest and we have some wonderful messages.
The question was: How has diversity impacted you life? 
First of all, we would like to thank store manager Dawn Haig from Save on Foods of Abbotsford for the gift cards, Cineplex for the movie tickets and Cycling4Diversity for the shirts.  Haig shared her experience in relation to the question: "Diversity has affected my life in many ways. Working for a company that promotes diversity has provided me with many opportunities of growth in my career. In my position I have been fortunate to work with many diverse communities. Promoting diversity gives me the tools to provide great customer service in all the communities we serve. It is a joy to be supporting our local diverse communities. "
The winners for the short message contest were: Reena Sekhon, Jessica Rebagliati and Susan Merry Baker.
Sekhon said: “My kids are Indo Canadian French immersion students. Diversity of learning another language has taught them and us to celebrate we are all Canadian regardless of the colour of our skin or the language we speak.”
Rebagliati said: About a year ago, I started a new job with an program that is dedicated to helping newcomers to Canada. In this position, I have met people from all over the world. It's amazing to learn about different cultures and meet people with such interesting backgrounds. I love the diversity in my job and I think it's really opened my eyes to the rest of the world. I've also met some really great people along the way.”
 Baker:” I'm so thankful that my parents married in 1949 Aboriginal-English taught diversity by their own example.”