Becoming Neighbours – Mutual Transformation

Mutual Transformation

When we have the courage to be both welcomed and welcomer in the liminal space of forced displacement, what can happen?

At this free, interactive Mutual Transformation workshop hosted on 22 April 2023 at Creekside Community & Recreation Centre, 40 in-person and 30 virtual participants gathered to

  • hear from panels with refugee and Indigenous perspective
  • participate in roundtable conversations.

The workshop goal: amplify awareness of and capacity for personal change as we welcome people seeking refuge.

Read what others are saying about their learnings / reflections on mutual transformation.

Download and print this trifold brochure full of take home wisdom.

Add your reflections / learnings on mutual transformation.

Watch Anjali tell her experience of transformation in a mutual relationship in the Kinbrace community.

Here are some specific actions participants felt inspired to take in response to who and what they encountered in the workshop:

“Be more intentional with relationships in general and – specifically – my friends who have sought refuge in Canada. And I would like to consider if there are others I could welcome and companion with.”

“Take up this topic of mutual transformation with our resettlement team.”

“Open my house and also my heart to other different realities.”

“Relax a little about my to-do list. Party more!”

In-person participants enjoyed an Egyptian meal catered by Huda, founder and owner of SuperDishes.

Questions? contact [email protected]

Becoming Neighbours Workshops are in partnership with Worn Words Media and co-sponsored by Vancity, Vancouver Foundation, UBC Office of Community Engagement, and UBC Centre for Migration Studies.

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