Randy Kennett facilitated a training session in 2012 at the Diversity Lives Here Conference.

Campbell Riverites invited to join the MythBusters Action Team

The Action Team is part of the Welcoming Communities Program created to ensure that all residents have equal access to services

Residents in the Comox Valley and Campbell River are invited to become part of the MythBusters Action Team, working to eliminate racism in their communities.

An initiative of the Immigrant Welcome Center to reduce discrimination, the MythBusters Action Team training sessions have already started in Campbell River, and are about to begin in Comox Valley.

The first training session in Comox Valley is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and Campbell River for Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

The training sessions run 2.5 hours and registration is required as seating is limited. The sessions are free, open to the public, and participants will receive a lapel pin in recognition of their participation in the program.

“One of the greatest paths to success with reducing discrimination is through understanding each other, not interpretation,” said Randy Kennett, facilitator of both workshops and the Director of Hone Consulting in Victoria. “Our training is one of the foundational courses offered by the MythBusters Action Team established by the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Participants will have the opportunity to understand how they filter, evaluate and associate what they perceive. When people are aware of the impact of points of view and beliefs, and take an intentional approach to being open-minded, they are more respectful of other people and their differences.”

The Action Team is part of the Welcoming Communities Program, which is funded by the Province of BC. It was created to ensure that all residents have equal access to services in those communities. It was also created to connect people from diverse backgrounds.

The program runs exclusively in Campbell River and Comox Valley, and has been running in Campbell River since May 2013.

Anyone with suggestions for future training sessions can contact Vienna Yeung with their ideas.

To register for upcoming sessions, visit the website at http://www.immigrantwelcome.ca/mythbusters-training-campbell-river-and-comox-valley

The Immigrant Welcome Centre serves the Comox Valley, Campbell River and the North Island, providing services to immigrants to help them integrate and settle into Canada.

Over 600 clients have been served in the past year, as immigration continues to bring innovative and skilled newcomers to the community.