World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development MAY 21 Event

Informative Speakers!

Mingle and Socialize!
Hors d’oeurves and Refreshments!

DATE: MAY 21, 2018
VENUE: 1060 Sheppard Ave W, Toronto, ON M3J 0G7
TIME: 7 PM – 10 PM

Esteemed Speakers

Anne Lamson came to Canada in 1998 after graduating Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Philippines. She worked 4 years as a caregiver for a lady with Multiple Sclerosis before deciding to pursue other careers, both in the Hospitality and Retail industry.

She moved and worked in Banff, Alberta for 2 years which was a great experience for her, because of the many wonderful people she met and made friends with from all over the world.

Anne currently lives in Mississauga and is an active supporter of many community events, fundraisers and a volunteer enthusiast for different organizations that focuses on Social and Political issues.

She believes that gratitude is key to happiness; that we must try to be kind and humble always.

The main topic that I would like to talk about is our vital role as women in Cultural Diversity. How can we voice, empower and influence other people to achieve success in promoting acceptance of our cultural differences?

Anne Lamson
Phone: 647-388-5732
Facebook: Anne Lamson

Shelley Jarrett is a multiple award winning Media Personality Speaker Author Mentor and Aspiring Film Producer. Shelley believes in community and giving back. She has grown her business primarily through partnerships and collaborations. Her expertise is in building relationships, networking, content marketing and social media. Shelley has built an incredible following on social media and has helped numerous people understand how to use their gifts and talents to find purpose in their lives.

Shelley is the founder and Publisher of SMJ Magazine, an online image lifestyle and business publication, issued four times a year with limited printed additions. The free magazine APP can be downloaded on your smartphone through the apple store and google play store. Visit magazine website:

Shelley is the co-author of the bestselling book, “Transforming Lives: One Story At A Time” where she shares her story about witnessing her mother’s near death experience, in chapter 21. Overcoming fear and stretching her faith to be bold in trying new things.

Shelley is an expert in the areas of:
Print media
Women in Media
Image and Style consulting
Content creation
Women empowerment

Shelley’s Message: The beauty of Canada rest in the rich differences among people, primarily because our racial or ethnic backgrounds. Our language, our dress, traditions and foods to name a few. This is what makes Canada one of the best countries in the world to live and raise our families.

Jamaican born, Nikki Clarke, holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from John Abbott College and at, McGill University, studied Film and Communications. Nikki was an instructor at Sheridan College, in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, the School of Business, and Community Development from 1999 to 2009. Nikki was elected the President of the Ontario Black History Society November 9, 2015.

Nikki’s third book, Transforming Lives, One Story at a Time: Powerful Stories of Success and Inspiration, an anthology of empowering reflections was published September 22, 2017.

Nikki is the founder, producer and host of the Nikki Clarke Show on HD Win Caribbean Rogers 672/673, Bell Fibe 559 /560 Nikki is currently studying Ministry in the Theology Program at Canada Christian College and an ordained Lay Pastor. Nikki is the NDP MPP Candidate for Mississauga Malton.

Facebook page: Nikki Clarke
Twitter: @nikkiclarkendp
Website :

A woman is the heart of the family and the community at large. It is important for women to manage their health to support everyone else. However, there may be social determinants that may be barriers to health equity like poverty, sexism, racism, ableism, etc

My topic will be :Health Equity- Breaking the Barriers to Healthcare

Why does cultural diversity matter?

Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.

Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions, which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development.

At the same time, acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) – are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect and mutual understanding.

Development is inseparable from culture. In this regard, the major challenge is to convince political decision-makers and local, national and international social actors to integrating the principles of cultural diversity and the values of cultural pluralism into all public policies, mechanisms and practices, particularly through public/private partnerships.

The aim is, on the one hand, to incorporate culture into all development policies, be they related to education, science, communication, health, environment or cultural tourism and, on the other hand, to support the development of the cultural sector through creative industries. By contributing in this way to poverty alleviation, culture offers important benefits in terms of social cohesion

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005:

Support sustainable systems of governance for culture:

1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms

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