The 8th Canada Multicultural Creative Festival 2022&The 17th Giving Heart Community Feast completed
In celebration of Culture Days for Community Contribution and Cultural Diversity, WS Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society hosted the "Celebrating Community and Culture - The 8th Canada Multicultural Creative Festival 2022 & The 17th Giving Heart Community Feast" in Richmond, BC on Oct 8, 2022.
The event was held in an open-house style. Everyone could come and go freely at any time, in order to accommodate the maximum number of participants during the entire event, at the same time to ensure that it would not be too crowded, and to ensure everyone felt as comfortable as at their own home.
MP Parm Bains, MP Wilson Miao; BC Premier John Horgan; MLA Henry Yao, MLA Katrina Chen, Mayor Malcolm Brodie and more sent their warm-hearted congratulation letters.
MP Parm Bains signed the “Community Service Award” certificates for this event.
MLA Henry Yao attended the event and shared warm greetings on behalf of the Legislative Assembly of BC.
Mayor Malcolm Brodie attended the event and shared warm greetings.
Some lucky draw winners were participants from the Stay Connected Social Media Workshops, supported by Vancouver Foundation and Richmond Cares Richmond Gives.
Mayor Brodie was doing lucky draws and presenting small lucky gifts to the lucky participants.
There were 60 lucky small gifts for 60 lucky winners.
There were 35 “Community Contribution Awards” in 8 categories were selected:
Culture Bridge: Ed Vinicio, DongDong Huang, etc.；
Creative Spirit: Cynthia Sharp, JiLiang Yao, etc.；
Community Service: Harris Niu, Yan Zheng, Brian Zhang, Tammy Jue, etc.；
Compassionate Champion: Jeff Jiang, Chris Abraham, Anu Sood, etc.；
Inclusive Engagement: GuiRong Xie, XiQin Shi, etc.；
Youth Empowerment: Nono Shen, etc.;
Exceptional Media: YiTao Ye, etc.；
Star Volunteer: Ming Huang, XiaoZhen Liu, etc.
QiangQing Deng Lion Performing Team opened the event through their happy lion dance, brought good luck, health and wealth and blessings to all.
Lawyer, Poet Dr. DongDong Huang moderated this event.
WS Writers Bhargava, Sharp, Ja, Kotli, Gachallan and more attended the event, and shared some of their original poems.
DongFang Performing Arts League, Park Choir, YangFan Art Troupe, WS Choir, WS Dance Troupe, WS Recitation and more shared some of their original songs and/or dance.
A few hundred people participated in this event including but not limited to:
cross-cultural learning and understanding groups and individuals, families, elders and youth, woman and children, poets and writers, artists and entrepreneurs, military and veterans, immigrants and refugees, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, vulnerable people, and other groups experiencing marginality, and/or anyone who is passionate about creative writing.
There were plenty of food for the public to enjoy. Participants were also asked to take food packages home to share with families and friends.
Community gathering, delicious food, creative performances, lucky draws... With joy we had a wonderful afternoon at the long Thanksgiving Weekend.
As usual, WS Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society had the annual general meeting with some board directors in Vancouver area and some members on site right before the Culture Days event and Community Feast.
Our sincere thanks to every VIP guest, to every performer, to every participant, to every sponsor, to every media friend, and to every volunteer. It’s your contribution that made this annual event successfully completed.