Migrant worker festival on September 18

Migrant worker festival on September 18
Sep 16, 2022

The event celebrates migrant worker and their contributions to communities and local economies, as well as the work they perform.

By Andrew Joseph, Farms.com

The Migrant Workers Community Program (MWCP) is hosting its Festival of Guest Nations and Public Safety Information Day, on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Seacliff Park in Leamington, Ontario.

The event celebrates the diversity of migrant workers in the community, the sacrifices they make in coming to Essex County, and their contributions to the community and the local economy.

With over 15 years of success, the Festival of Guest Nations and Public Safety Information Day is an opportunity to facilitate engagement and community building between workers and the communities at large. In 2021, over 1,000 participants from the community came out to enjoy music and entertainment, and meet with service providers and other migrant workers.

This year, in celebration of the outstanding community collaborations that have happened in Essex County in recent years, the Festival will include Public Safety Information Day coordinated with the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) and the Windsor-Essex Regional Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (RCSWB).

Public Safety Information Day is an opportunity for newcomers, migrant workers, and the broader community to connect with service providers and public servants who work to keep Essex County safe and healthy. These providers may include local police, the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police), local fire departments, Essex-Windsor EMS, and other healthcare, mental health, and public safety organizations.

These connections provide newcomers and workers a chance to know their neighbourhood providers, learn about the systems in place to keep them safe and healthy, and where to go if they are in need. As well, it supports the development of trust and familiarity in the community, leading to improved outcomes and a sense of well-being.

This year, as part of the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, the Municipality of Leamington is partnering with the OPP and community businesses on a downtown ‘Safety and Crime Prevention Walk’.

Residents are invited to the community walk to learn how to prevent opportunities for crime, change the way they see and walk through their neighbourhood, and learn personal safety tips. Individuals will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion and ask questions to officials along the way. The Safety and Crime Prevention Walk will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2022, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Participants will meet at Dieppe Park (Legion Park), located on Princess Street in Leamington.

Festival Information:  
When: Sunday, September 18, 2022;
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM;
Where: Seacliff Park Amphitheatre, 24 Seacliff Drive West, Leamington

Safety & Crime Prevention Walk Information:
When: Sunday, September 18, 2022;
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM;
Where: Meet at the Dieppe Park (Legion Park) Princess Street, Leamington no later than 10:25 AM

Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Registration is free. Please complete the online registration form at www.leamington.ca/SafetyWalk.