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Dufferin County Multicultural Foundation

Dufferin County Multicultural Foundation

Unity in Diversity. Building a stronger more empowered diverse community

    Mission:
    -Breaking barriers of communication through education
    -Building and connecting communities
    -Providing businesses the opportunity to meet the community's cultural needs
    -Educating youth on diverse cultures of the world and offering them the opportunity to express their creativity through arts and entertainment
    -Assisting with opportunities for future growth
    -Spreading a positive message of diversity, inclusion, equity and equality


    The history of our foundation:
    The Multicultural Event is an event designed to promote diversity, inclusion and equity in
    our community.
    The event has a proven track record of bringing communities together through arts, entertainment, food, education and spreading a positive message!

    2017
    We started planning the very first Multicultural event.

    2018
    The inaugural Multicultural Event was held in Shelburne in partnership with the Shelburne Library and with the support of MPP Sylvia Jones and Shelburne Council. The event showcased arts and crafts from local schools, along with poetry and cultural food from community members.

    2019
    The event doubled in size showcasing not only Shelburne but including all of Dufferin County. Local schools and youth groups such as Black Chapter, Gender Sexuality Alliance, and Social Equity were involved in the success of the event.
    We were fortunate to have amazing sponsors from around Dufferin County and the continued support of MPP Sylvia Jones, Shelburne Council and Orangeville Council.


    2020
    The first virtual event took place. It showcased performances from the Irish/Scottish and Punjab community. Food pictures, videos and recipes from the Caribbean, Bangladesh, Scottish, Portuguese and African communities were shared. Various art pieces were showcased. We were fortunate to have amazing sponsors from around Dufferin County with the support of MP Kyle Seeback and continued support of MPP Sylvia Jones, Shelburne Council and Orangeville Council.

    2021
    A historic year for Dufferin County -
    Warden White proclaimed June 27th Multicultural Day for the first time in Dufferin County.

    The Unity in Diversity flag representing Multicultural Day was created by the multicultural committee. The flag was raised throughout Dufferin County and Caledon.

    We honored the achievements of our great leaders who work behind the scenes with the partnership of MP Kyle Seeback, MPP Sylvia Jones, Deputy Mayor Steve Anderson, Caledon Councilor Johanna Downey, Museum of Dufferin and our committee.

    2022
    This year marks a great milestone for us. We have now become a registered non-profit organization. We are able to better serve communities in promoting diversity, inclusion, equity and equality through education and cultural arts and celebrations.

    The event was one of the larges events we have hosted. It showcased cultural education sessions, arts, crafts, performances, sports & food from Dufferin County and beyond. The event featured artists from across Ontario, history and showcase of the Sikh and Muslim community, performances from the Scottish and Irish, Caribbean, South Asian and African cultures, Indigenous Community teaching of the medicine wheel, education session on the game of cricket, and an exhibit of BIPOC inventors.
    The event was held in partnership with the Museum of Dufferin (MoD), where the art and culture of the community is still being displayed.
    Dufferin County Townships and Caledon proclaimed June 27th Multicultural Day in Dufferin County raising the Unity in Diversity flag.
    We were fortunate to have amazing sponsors from around Dufferin County and the continued support of political figures such as MPP Sylvia Jones, Amaranth. council, East Garafraxa Council, Grand Valley Council, Melancthon Council, Mono Council, Mulmur Council, Orangeville Council, Shelburne Council and Caledon Council.

    Thank you to our volunteers, partners, sponsors, political leaders, the Dufferin-Caledon community and beyond for your amazing support throughout the years.

    2023
    We are proud to be able to celebrate the different cultures of Dufferin/Caledon.
    This year we held a 2 day event with a variety of performances, sports & food from Dufferin County and beyond. The event showcased the Sikh and Muslim community, performances from the Scottish and Irish, Caribbean, South Asian and African cultures, We held education sessions on the game of cricket, Caribbean steel pan and African drumming.
    We were excited to be able to offer a market at the event. The market has a variety of cultural businesses and services who supported the Dufferin/Caledon community

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