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For Immediate Release:
May 13, 2013
Media Contact:
Rene Diaz


The Office of Community Advocacy discuss immigration patterns with Canadian delegates

From left to right: Mr. Mohammad Shakir, Ms. May Xiang, Ms. Jaswinder Cheema, Ms. Nadia El-ghandouri, Mr. William Christopher Sinclair, Ms. Retha Boone-Fye, Rene Diaz, Ms. Vivian Moreno Veitia

(MIAMI, FL) - The Miami-Dade County Office of Community Advocacy welcomed Canadian delegates in the Stephen P. Clark Center in an effort to exchange ideas on culture assimilation. The meeting took place on Thursday, May 9, 2013, where members of the Asian Advisory Board and Black Advisory Board shared the challenges of having diverse communities and how to integrate minorities into local government.

The delegates included: Ms. Jaswinder Cheema from the Diversity Relations & Translation Services, Fraser Health; Lawyer from Gagne-Letarte-Sencrl, Ms. Nadia El-ghandouri in Quebec; Political Advisor for the Cabinet Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés Culturelles, Ms. Vivian Moreno Veitia; Mr. William Christopher Sinclair an Associate Executive Director for St. Stephen's Community House and Ms. May Xiang a Program Facilitator for Immigrant Services Calgary. 

The discussion of the meeting included the creation of Community Advisory Boards that could represent the different ethnic, racial, national, and religious backgrounds of the immigrants currently residing in different areas of Canada. Currently, the Canadian government has been actively recruited many immigrants from around the world but have not been able to culturally assimilate them or found professional jobs for them. The purpose of these boards would be to mimic the ones used in Miami-Dade County and have the members of these boards working on behalf of the immigrant community to help them assimilate in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding of one another. 

Cultural education was also discussed to help citizens become aware of the different traditions and cultures that exist in their community. In turn, allowing citizens to become more sympathetic to the different cultures and the issues that exist historically to try to mediate and better current conflict. 

The Miami-Dade Asian Advisory Board is the link between the Asian minorities and the local government. Canadian delegates are looking for successful Miami-Dade County programs that can be implemented in their country in order to attract immigrants from around the world.

Miami-Dade County is a model community for many European countries facing immigration and population assimilation challenges. The U.S. Department of State frequently invites foreign civil society leaders seeking a broader understanding of American culture to visit Miami-Dade County where they can learn about the County’s Community Advocacy Boards and their community building efforts.

For more information please contact the Office of Community Advocacy at 305-375-5730.