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IMPROVED YOUTH, SENIORS, AND DIVERSITY PROGRAMS

“The multi-faith and multi-cultural groups in the city are important to me.  I thank them for the great work they do in maintaining their cultures and working with other residents in Pickering to contribute to a better city.  As the City's Chair of the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations and Equity, I have worked closely with them to celebrate our rich diversity and enhance community relations and improve opportunities for youth.

I have had the honour of being the Chair of our annual Heritage Day Celebration, sponsor for our annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Chair of our annual student essay writing contest on discrimination, and member of the organizing committee for Canadian Tapestry: Weaving the World Together, to name a few.

I often have the pleasure of speaking at and attending cultural events in partnership with the city or organized by the organizations such as the Pickering Ajax Italian Social Club, the Pickering Caribbean-Canadian Cultural Association (highlighted in my 2005 Newsletter and Website), the Durham Tamil Association, Devi Mandir, and the Pickering Islamic Centre, and others as you can see by the many photos included below.

These are important and rewarding efforts that benefit our community, relations and youth and I will continue to work for and partner with the multi-faith and multi-cultural community.”   - David Pickles


Celebrating Our Diversity

City of Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity

The City of Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity is made up of municipal leaders (for a three year term), school board representatives, community cultural associations, community appointees & students and has been involved in the design and delivery of race relations programs and initiatives in the community for over a decade.  The Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity has worked closely over the years with many different groups and organizations, particularly our youth, to promote racial and ethnic harmony.

For more information on the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity, please visit the Committee's page on the City Website.

Presentation

South Asian Heritage Festival 2012
May 26, 2012
South Asian Heritage Festival Poster
Councillor Pickles was pleased to attend the South Asian Heritage Festival with Mayor Ryan.

Srlankan New Year Celebrations
April 28, 2012
Councillor Pickles celebrating Srlankan New Year
Councillors Pickles and Dickerson were pleased to attend and celebrate the Srlankan New Year in Claremont on April 28, 2012

Durham Tamil Association
Pickering's Heritage Day
March 2012

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Low Resolution Image of Durham Tamil Association's Monsoon Journal March 2012
The Opening of the Pickering Welcome Centre
January 2012

The Welcome Centre On Bayly Street in Pickering (beside the GO station) provides many services to new immigrants.  Visit www.welcomecentre.ca for more information.

New Welcome Centre
Councillor Pickles, Deputy Mayor Doug Dickerson and, Vicky Pidgeon of the Durham Continuing Education celebrate the opening of the new Welcome Centre - Immigrant Services.
Pickering Ajax Italian Social Club celebrates anniversary
July 17, 2011
Moya Dillon
(durhamregion.com)
Christopher
Ryan Pfeiffer / Metroland
PICKERING -- Christopher Childs, 10, played a water balloon toss game as the Pickering Ajax Italian Social Club celebrated its 19th anniversary with a party at Centennial Park Sunday afternoon, July 10.
July 10, 2011.

PICKERING -- The bocce balls were rolling and the horseshoes were flying during a picnic hosted by the Pickering Ajax Italian Social Club.

Based out of Centennial Park, the group hosted a community picnic on Sunday, July 10 to celebrate its 19-year anniversary.

“For me it means a lot for us to represent the Italian community in Pickering,” said John Conte, president of the club.

“For us it's simple, it's not a big thing but we usually host about one event a month and do things such as the Seniors' Games, which encourages seniors in Durham to get out and have some fun.  The club is really about bringing the community together and getting people out and having fun.”

Councillor David Pickles praised the group for its positive relationship with the city and the work it's done to improve Centennial Park.

“The club has been very helpful at getting washrooms in here and also created the bocce courts and horseshoe pits,” he said.

“They do a lot of work in the park and make very good use of it.  It's a really good club for getting people out and is very inclusive, you see people here from the young to the young at heart.  It's a partnership that's worked really well between the City, the club and the Province.  Everyone here is having a great time and the club is great at getting families out who bring their young ones and you don't see that a lot, so it's a great partnership and a great use of the park.”

Tony Conti, who was one of the three founding members who created the club in 1992, says the purpose of the group was just to inspire community involvement.

“It's important because it gets everyone together, both the Italian community and others in the area,” he said.

“We're here to have fun and enjoy everything and just bring people out to have a fun time together.”

For more information on the club visit www.paisc.org.

Pickering Ajax Italian Social Club Dinner Dance 2010
Saturday October 16, 2010
 
David & Brenda Pickles @ PAISC Dinner Dance
 
 
David Pickles & Ada Muccillo @ PAISC Dinner Dance
 


India Independence Day Celebration
August 21, 2010
 
Councillor Pickles was pleased once again to attend the Festival of India's Heritage including the 63rd Anniversary of Independence Flag Raising Ceremony at the Pickering Civic Centre August 21st hosted by the Indo-Canadian Cultural Association of Durham.

India Independence Day Celebration
Photo courtesy of SNAP Pickering.


City of Pickering Proclaims May at Asian Heritage Month
April 22, 2010

At the request of the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity, Pickering Council proclaimed May 2010 as Asian Heritage Month at their April 19th Council Meeting.  David Pickles, Committee Chair and City Councillor - Ward Three explains “The City of Pickering is among the most diverse in the Durham Region and the Asian Community is a significant part of our cultural mosaic.  As such, the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity wishes to recognize their contributions to Pickering's past, present and future through this proclamation”.

“By celebrating Asian Heritage Month, we are recognizing a broad, diverse and important segment of our population,” said Mayor David Ryan.  “Our Asian-Canadian residents are leaders in our community.  Their numerous and meaningful contributions help make Pickering one of Canada's very best places to live, work and play.”

In December 2001, The Honourable Vivienne Poy introduced a motion in the Senate of Canada to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.  The Government of Canada officially recognized May as Asian Heritage Month in May, 2002.  The resolution at the Senate of Canada appropriately explains its significance: “Be it resolved that May be recognized as Asian Heritage Month, given the important contributions of Asian Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, the diversity of the Asian Community, and its present significance to this country.”

The Pickering Public Library will have a display of materials and resources in their lobby during the month of May to commemorate Asian Heritage Month.  Moreover, the Pickering Public Library will feature an Author Reading entitled “South Asian Adventures”.  Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with this presentation by GEM Munro with his new book of true short stories at the Central Library on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm.  Books are available for purchase, with all profits from the sale going to the Amarok Society.  Registration is required.

Dinesh Kumar, Secretary with the Durham Tamil Association says “The Durham Tamil Association, celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, is proud to be a community partner with the City of Pickering.  We are pleased to support the great initiatives by Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity by celebrating Asian Heritage Month.  Durham Tamil Association and its kids & youth will be showcasing Tamil Language & Culture on Friday, May 28, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Pickering Recreation Complex.  This event is open to public at no charge - everyone welcome!”

We encourage our community to get involved and participate during Asian Heritage Month.

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As the gateway city to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet.  Pickering is an affluent community that is steeped in history, natural beauty and small town charm with all the amenities and services that a big city has to offer.  The City of Pickering is considered a municipal leader in fiscal management, service delivery, sustainability and the environment; and offers a wealth of sports, leisure and recreation opportunities to its residents.  Pickering has been recognized by Profit magazine as one of the ten best cities in Canada for growth companies and received the 2008 FCM-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Planning Award.

Media Contact:
Name Marisa Carpino
Title Supervisor, Culture & Recreation
Email address mcarpino@cityofpickering.com
Phone number 905.683.6582 ext. 3223
TTY 905.420.1739

Pickering's 2010 race relations forum
showcased creative Durham students

Winning work on display at Pickering Civic Complex

PICKERING -- WInning students from across Durham Region showcased their creativity at the 2010 Race Relations Forum in Pickering on Wednesday night.

In September, the PIckering advisory committee on race relations and equity partnered ...

See the full article here.

Race Relations Forum March 24th, 2010

Councillor Pickles as the Chair of the Race Relations Advisory Committee was pleased host the event and regonize the winners of the 2010 Essay Writing Contest.
 
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Durham Tamil Association Celebrates Heritage Month
March, 2010
By: Siva Sivapragasam
(Monsoon Journal)

Multiculturalism is the hallmark of the success of Canada and the popularity of the national mosaic that is woven into it's fabric.

This was evident recently when the Durham Tamil ...

See the full article here.

A celebration of Pickering's culture
February 23, 2010
By Kristen Calis
(newsdurhamregion.com)
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Ryan Pfeiffer / Metroland
PICKERING -- Members of Jessica's Footsteps Dance Academy performed Bollywood and classical Indian dances at the Pickering Heritage Day celebration at the Pickering Town Centre Feb. 20.  February 20, 2010.

PICKERING -- Residents of all ages and backgrounds came out to celebrate Pickering's diversity Saturday.

“It's very nice,” said resident Mona Udit.  “We've been coming the past two years.”

Residents and shoppers continuously stopped by The Pickering Town Centre's Centre Court throughout the day to check out the performances and interactive displays at the City of Pickering's Heritage Day Celebration.

Councillors, Mayor Dave Ryan and Ajax-Pickering MP Mark Holland also attended the festivities.

“It's great to see the numbers out here that we're seeing,” said Ward 2 City Councillor Doug Dickerson.

He was impressed when he observed many people staying for a number of the performances, rather than simply stopping by for a few minutes and moving on.

Ward 3 City Councillor David Pickles, chairman of the group that put on the event, the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations and Equity, was pleased with the turnout.  The committee, he said, is the first of its kind in Durham and is now 20 years old.

“It's nice to see the culture come alive and people getting exposed to it,” he said.  “It shows a very diverse community.”

Coun. Pickles emphasized the high involvement of youth in many of the cultural groups in Pickering.  One of those groups is the Durham Tamil Association, which this year celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

“Our focus is to give back to the community,” said Dinesh Kumar, an executive committee member of the group.

Mr. Kumar said the organization is proud to be Canadian, and teaches the children involved in the group to value the Tamil community, but also get involved in local initiatives to enhance their own exposure to diversity.

Other groups in attendance had similar thoughts.

“I think it's a great opportunity the City of Pickering has offered us,” said Raveena Rajasingham, the president of the Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham.

Ms. Rajasingham explained the society focuses on academics, culture, volunteerism, environmental and health awareness, and said Pickering is a great community to be a part of.

“Pickering has respect for a lot of cultures and overall I think Pickering is a great city to live in,” she said.

The Congress of Black Women of Canada's Ajax-Pickering chapter also had a booth, focusing on the scientific and academic breakthroughs that black people have made in north America in the spirit of Black History Month, rather than simply focusing on the most popular of their contributors such as music stars, said Marcia Dixon, the president of the group.

“It's nice to see the different organizations and different groups,” she said.  “You get a chance to see what's out there.”

Ms. Dixon hopes to recruit more young people to the group, with hopes of them carrying on its work in the future.

Other cultural groups at the event included Devi Mandir, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Zahra's School of Dance and the Pickering Museum Village.

Official Statement
For Immediate Release
Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity
Official Statement on Haiti Relief Efforts
January 28, 2010

Pickering, ON, January 28, 2010 - “On behalf of the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity, I wish to extend deepest condolences to the people of Haiti and the Pickering families who have also been affected,” said David Pickles, Chair Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity, and City Councillor, Ward 3.  “Through our sustained efforts, we can make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of many in Haiti who are looking to rebuild their shattered lives.”

At the January 18th Pickering Council meeting, Mayor Ryan and Members of Council recognized the Haiti disaster, which was followed by a moment of silence for those who perished.  The Mayor and Members of Council all pledged to make donations to the Canadian Red Cross and publicly asked the community to aid in the relief efforts.

As such, the City is proud of the community-wide response to date.  Many Pickering residents, community groups and businesses have already made donations to the Haitian relief efforts and/or organized fundraising events.  Al Dente Restaurant, Veridian Corporation, Lone Star Restaurant, and Port restaurant are some of the many Pickering businesses who are helping to raise funds.

From now until February 12, 2010, the Government of Canada has announced it would match the generosity of individual Canadians up to $50 million for a total of $100 million in aid for Haiti.  This goal has not yet been reached, so the Mayor, Members of council and the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity urge Pickering residents to continue with their donations and fundraising efforts.

Residents are advised to donate only to registered Canadian charitable agencies.  Some of the well-known Canadian organizations currently involved in Haiti relief efforts are:  Canadian Red Cross; World Vision; Unicef; Plan Canada; Doctors Without Borders; and Humanitarian Coalition.

“This tragedy has exacted a terrible toll, and my heartfelt condolences goes out to all those who lost a loved one in Haiti,” said Mayor Dave Ryan.  “Moving forward, we need to continue with our humanitarian efforts, as it will take time, money, and resources to rebuild a better, stronger and more self-sufficient nation of Haiti.”

About the City of Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity:

The City of Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity, made up of municipal leaders, school board representatives, community cultural associations, community appointees and students, has been involved in the design and delivery of race relations programs and initiatives in the community for nearly 20 years.

The first municipality in the Durham Region to form a Race Relations Committee, the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity has worked closely over the years with many different groups and organizations, particularly youth, to promote racial and ethnic harmony - a key objective detailed in its Race Relations Policy.

The City of Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations and Equity is also charged with the responsibility of giving guidance to and advising the municipality, through the Mayor and the Council of the Corporation of the City of Pickering, on matters involving race relations and equity issues within the community.

In Your Words & Expressions
October, 2009
(The Citizen)

The Pickering Advisory Commitee on Race Relations & Equity is pleased to partner with the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board to present a creative arts contest for students across Durham Region entitled “In Your Words & Expressions”.

Read more about this contest here.

Community Open House
Saturday August 29th, 2009
Open House 1

The members and staff of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church would like to thank you for helping to make our Community Open House event held on Saturday, August 29th such a great success.  We greatly appreciate the opportunities we have been afforded to reach out to our community in this manner.

Open House 2

Black History Month proclaimed in Pickering
Thursday February 12th, 2009
(newsdurhamregion.com)
 

PICKERING - February is officially Black History Month in Pickering.

In a special motion at the executive committee meeting Monday, Council voted to proclaim the month as such.  Ward 3 City Councillor David Pickles asked that Council approve it a week early since it was supposed to go to next week's Council meeting.

He also reminded everyone of the City's annual Race Relations Forum on Wednesday, March 25 to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Saturday, March 21 world-wide).  It's from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pickering Civic Complex (One The Esplanade).

 
 
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The 61st Anniversary of India's Independance Flag Raising Ceremony
 
Indian Independance Day Celebration Photo 1
Mark Holland M.P. Ajax Pickering, Doug Dickerson, Sasha, Councillor Pickles

Councillor Pickles was pleased to attend the The 61st Anniversary of India's Independance Flag Raising Ceremony organized by the Indo-Canadian Cultural Association of Durham
 
Indian Independance Day Celebration Photo 2
Councillor Pickles, Wayne Arthurs M.P.P. Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge, Bonnie Littley
Race Relations Forum March 21st, 2007

As the Chair of the Race Relations and Equity Advisory Committee I was very pleased to acknowledge the many students recognized for their excellent essays.
 
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Durham Tamil Association Award of Achievements 2006

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Councillor Pickles attends the
Durham Tamil Association Award of Achievements 2006
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Canadian Tapestry - Weaving the World Together
June 9th, 2007

The Pickering Museum Village Advisory Committee
and
The Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity
will be hosting

"Canadian Tapestry - weaving the world together"
Celebration of Nationalities


at the Pickering Museum Village
Saturday June 9th, 2007 from Noon until 4:30pm.

Come out and join us in the Village for storytelling, music & dance, crafts & food from around the world!

Featuring:
Hispanic Canadian Alliance of Ontario
Durham Tamil Association
856 Pickering Air Cadets
Zahra's School of Belly Dance
Significant Music®-in Tacit Understanding
Devi Mandir
Pickering Ajax Italian Social Club
Canadian Multicultural Forum, Pickering Public Library
Heritage Pickering
E & W Art Academy
The School Alliance of Student Songwriters
Dorsey James
... and more to come!

Canadian Tapestry - Weaving the World Together 2006

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Canadian Tapestry: Weaving the World Together 2004

It was also my pleasure to attend "Canadian Tapestry: Weaving the World Together" in June 2004 at the Pickering Museum Village hosted by the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity and the Pickering Museum Village Advisory Committee.  This event was a celebration of the cultures that make up this community - from the 1800's until today.  Once again, various community cultural associations shared their traditions with event visitors by showcasing traditional food, song, dance and stories.

Canadian Tapestry 2004
Canadian Tapestry 2004 - Pickering Museum Village.
Pickering Heritage Week

Once again, this time as the Chair of the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity, I was pleased to attend the Heritage Day Celebration event in February 2005.  The event was held at the Pickering Town Centre and hosted by the Pickering Advisory Committee on Race Relations & Equity.  This dynamic event celebrated Pickering's rich heritage and cultural diversity.  The event showcased community cultural associations and local school students from all walks of life and of all ages - sharing their culture through song, dance and interactive displays.

Pickering Caribbean-Canadian Cultural Association

For more than 25 years the Pickering Caribbean-Canadian Cultural Association (PCCCA) has been fostering good inter-community relationships, promoting affordable housing, fighting racism and discrimination through education, addressing employment issues and inequities, fostering a sense of pride among youth, gaining a better understanding of the political, educational and judicial systems and developing a sense of fulfillment through social and cultural activities.

PCCCA draws members primarily from Pickering and Durham and though their members are predominantly of Caribbean background, membership is open to everyone.  They are a very sociable group as is evidenced by their many activities such as games nights, bus trips, pot lucks, bowling, family picnics, dances, Caribbean night, and adult and children's Christmas parties.  PCCCA also sponsors indoor/outdoor soccer, sponsors a foster child and provides bursaries to post secondary students.

Congratulations to the PCCCA on 25 years in the community!

Caribbean
Council members, including Councillor Pickles, with members of the Pickering Caribbean-Canadian Cultural Association
Pickering Heritage Week Celebration 2007

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Pickering Heritage Week Celebration 2005

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Durham Tamil Association
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Grupo Folklorico Nicaraguense Anahuac
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Members of the As-Safa Labenese Dance Group
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Councillor Pickles, Councillor McLean, Wayne Arthurs (MPP Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge), Inspector Douglass, DRP
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Pickering Heritage Week Celebration 2004

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Macedonian Izgrev
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Joy Allen Highland Dancers
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Councillor Pickles, Chair of the Race Relations & Equity Committee and committee members
Pickering Heritage Week Celebration 2002

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Councillor Pickles with
Srijita Sengupta & Isha Khan
of Bayview Heights Public School
Tsunami Relief Fundraiser - January 29th, 2005

Durham Regional municipalities,
countless community groups, businesses
and individuals from across Durham
thank everyone from their support!

The Durham Community Tsunami Relief Event
was a great success and raised

$200,000.00

A Selection of Photos from The Tsunami Relief Fundraiser
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