I love Canada’s multiculturalism and yesterday, as I presented assemblies in a downtown Toronto school, was reminded how exciting it is to be part of this wonderful pluralist society. The program I presented featured seven different holidays and as I introduced each story, cheers would go up in the audience from children who celebrated that particular holiday at home. They all expressed delight and pride at having part of their culture and family experience reflected back to them in an assembly.
After my last performance, a teacher’s assistant hurried over to me and gave me a hug thanking me for telling the story about Diwali. She told me that she was from India and was thrilled to have the children learn about her culture. She asked what holiday I celebrated, hugged me again and wished me a Merry Christmas.
When we learn about each other in a positive spirit of community, we feel connected, respected and loved.
Happy Winter Solstice
and Happy New Year!