South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services “raised the flag for diversity” once again with 48 flags flying representing each of the different cultures currently living in the South Okanagan.
Our newcomers and community supporters had a great time, many of whom experienced Peachfest for the first time. A stellar moment for us was to see the Karen peoples flag flown, as Penticton is now the home of three sisters who lived for 10 years as refugees in a camp of 50,000 people on the Thai/Burmese boarder. Two of the sisters recently became Canadian citizens. They were truly proud to be part of the parade.
Many flags were purchased with a grant from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, for which we are very grateful. Currently the CFSO is conducting the “Vital Signs” survey, which is an annual report that evaluates the health of our community. How is Penticton as a place to live, learn, work and grow? See www.cfso.org and click survey to make your vote count.
Congratulations to the Peachfest organizers for a truly outstanding event.
Hilma LaBelle, executive director
South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services