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SayHello Conversation Centre - Opening the lines of communication

July 10, 2018 -

This release is being sent out on behalf of the Kingston Immigration Partnership.

The Kingston Immigration Partnership and the City of Kingston are inviting the media and the broader community to a photo opportunity with Mayor Bryan Paterson at  Market Square on Monday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m. As part of the SayHello campaign – and with the goal of making Kingston a community where all feel welcome, included, accepted and valued – the SayHello Conversation Centre will be unveiled, along with six different SayHello standees that will be located across our city.

"The purpose of the conversation centre is to create a space where people can sit and speak about themselves and their experiences with other residents. Opening the lines of communication is the best thing we can do to fight misconceptions and stereotypes and to create a more connected community," says Cristian Medina, project coordinator at KIP.

The SayHello campaign was launched on May 31 to reduce racism, discrimination and exclusion in our community. Stories of people who have experienced racism or felt discriminated against have been shared on social media. SayHello posters and postcards are displayed at locations across the city, and Kingstonians have had the opportunity to see SayHello ads on Kingston Transit, in City facilities and along the road.

The City will also unveil brand new umbrellas in Market Square with "Welcome" in 13 languages, including Ojibwa and Mohawk to honour our indigenous community and original inhabitants.

"While seemingly a small gesture, I think the visual of welcoming everyone is significant whether they are here for a few hours or living here permanently. It is another step toward being an inclusive and diverse community," says Cheryl Hitchen, social policy & strategic community development manager, City of Kingston.

About the Kingston Immigration Partnership The Kingston Immigration Partnership provides leadership to the Kingston community in its efforts to attract, welcome, include, and integrate immigrants.

Please visit www.kipcouncil.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cristian Medina at 613.876.6429 or cristianm@kchc.ca