Newcomer Forum

Newcomer Forum

Panel Discussion on Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 9:30 am
Location: The Robby, 85 Church St., St. Catharines

This is a Free Event!


The Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre will be hosting a distinguished panel to discuss immigration, diversity and inclusion in our local communities. As a critical stakeholder, the Centre is inviting everyone in the community to listen and ask questions to our panelists:

Chris Bittle. Elected as Member of Parliament for St. Catharines in 2015, Chris has spent every day since bringing attention to the important social issues that will truly have a positive effect on our community. Passionate about issues such as affordable housing, public transit, and equal rights for all – Chris has a reputation for standing up and speaking out against any form of intolerance, racism, or bigotry.

Livianna Tossutti. Associate Professor of Political Science who specializes in government responses to immigration and diversity, and the political participation and representation of immigrants, minorities, and youths.

Emily Kovacs. Niagara Folk Arts’ new Executive Director. An immigrant who speaks 3 languages (Hungarian, Romanian, English) and is a proud Canadian who has privately sponsored refugee families both from Kosovo and Syria. Her previous work experience included the City of Toronto for the past 19 years in different positions, including managing homeless shelters.

Mohamed Al-Jumaily. Community activist running for Regional Council in St. Catharines.

Walter Sendzik. Elected as Mayor of St. Catharines in 2014. Prior to this, Walter was the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. At City Hall, Mayor Sendzik is focused on inspiring a culture of excellent customer service and building a compassionate city.

Event format will include a brief panelist presentation, and a discussion moderated by Yusuf Al-Harazi, Mentorship Coordinator of the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, followed by a Q&A period with the audience.

For more information, please contact Josefina Pérez, Community Connections Coordinator at 905-685 6589 Ext. 228 / [email protected]

Doors open at 9 am. Lights refreshments will be provided.
Parking available off Raymond Street – Use only parking spaces between “yellow” lines.