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Global eyes magazine Summer Edition 2013

  1. 1. gggggloballoballoballoballobal eeeeeyyyyyeseseseses2nd QUARTER June 2013 Manitoba African and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine Sudan and Caribbean Adult Ambassadors Cecelia Nelson and Charles Henry Folklorama Time
  2. 2. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 2 ist of 2013 Citizen Equity and Diversity (CEC) Youth Role Model Awards Award Winners Rosalinda Natividad Award for Courage 1. Amanda Hallett - Senior Achiever 2. Sappfyre McLeod - Junior Achiever Education and Training 3. Kelsey Lands - Senior Achieve 4. Ralu Tobenna Eze Junior Achiever Performing Arts 5. Emilie Chartier - Senior Achiever 6. Cree-Ann Henderson - Junior Achiever Creative Arts 7. Christian Miranda - Senior Achiever 8. Jade Defehr - Junior Achiever Sports 9. Mathieu Agbo - Senior Achiever 10. Dakota Kochie - Junior Achiever Community Volunteering 11. Allison Birch - Senior Achiever 12. Wendy Wang - Junior Achiever Advocacy 13. Jess Leppik - 14. Maggie Henderson - Community Health and Wellness 15. David Monias 16. Vanessa DeVries CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FUTURE LEADERS THE EZE FAMILY WITH RALUTOBENNA EZE WINNER OF THE JUNIOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING AWARD. SAPPHYRE MCLEOD WITH HER MOTHER AND BROTHER LOOKING The 2013 Youth Role Model Awards banquet and dance was well attended by a cross-section of the Winnipeg community. There were music, dancingandcelebrationofthoseyouths whohaveachievedexcellenceintheir volunteer, education or cultural activities and through which have positively impacted Winnipeg community. “Thosebeingrecognized demonstratethetruththatoneisnever too young to become a role model in their community.” said Mayor Sam Katz TTTTTHEHEHEHEHE CCCCCASTASTASTASTAST OFOFOFOFOF WWWWWINNERSINNERSINNERSINNERSINNERS
  3. 3. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 3 3 Reflection Beatrice Watson When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change – Dr. Wayne Dyer Think about this quote and what do you feel? When you change the way you look at things, if you should change the way you look at a problem, an obstacle, something that is holding you back in your life and keeps you in a state of struggle. If you are trying to get a promotion, a new job, a new car, a new relationship, whatever it may be and suppose you are thinking “Oh I’ll never get that job, people are too racist or sexist, I can’t afford it, and there are no good men or women around? You can’t trust people these days? And everything you bump into in your daily living experience confirms what you’re thinking about and then you say Ah ha, see what I said it is all true. What if you should change the way you frame your problems, obstacles etc and instead of thinking you can’t trust people start thinking that people are trustworthy, there are many jobs and I am going to get that promotion or something even better, that there are many good men and women around, I just have to be open to finding them. When you start looking at things in this new way guess what you yourself will start to look for confirmation that what you are saying is true. When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change. Quantum physics confirms this. The observer affects the thing that it observes. Our thoughts are energy; everything in the universe is energy vibrating at different frequencies. If you want to make a different in your own life you must change the way you look at things. There is a whole canon of theories about the once flaky idea of the Law of Attraction which has not entered everyday discourse and like no one argues about the law of gravity, people have come to accept the reality of the Law of Attraction and because it is a law you expect the same result with some certainty. If you are someone who believes that money is scarce and you have to hoard it. That’s what is going to show up in your life. If on the other hand you believe that there will always be money around and you are prepared to take risks you will find that money will find you and you will manifest abundance. Check out the biographies of most self-made billionaire – life was not in a straight line; they were bankrupt, homeless, and penniless but bounced right up in the flow of things. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Change your thoughts change your life. Something to think about. International Day of the Girl: The United Nations declared October 11, 2012 to be the first “International Day of the Girl” to provide an opportunity to recognize young women around the world as important citizens and powerful voices of change. On October 11, 2013 Manitoba Status of Women will be holding a special day once again, hosted by the Minister responsible for the Status of Women to celebrate the day. This will be a wonderful opportunity for girls from across the province to gather together to support one another and raise awareness about girls’ rights. We are seeking nominations for girls ages 13 to 17 from across the province to attend this event at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Twenty girls will be selected to join us for a fun and interactive day that will focus on local and global movements and inspiring change. It will feature fun and interactive activities, entertainment and the opportunity for the girls to interact with members of the Legislative Assembly. There is no cost for to the selected young women and their chaperone to attend. Please visit http:// international_day_of_the_girl.html to download nomination forms or call Manitoba Status of Women at (204) 945- 6281, toll free: 1-800-263-0234 for more information. Nomination deadline is August 15, 2013. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRLCHILD
  4. 4. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 4 Subscribe Today Name:_________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ Postal Code_______________ Phone:_______________________ Email address:_______________________ Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think we’re doing a good job. Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. I Would like to receive upcoming event notices from the Caribbean/Black/larger community - by email or by phone (YES/NO) IN THIS ISSUE Regulars: Briefs p6 Letter to my children p11 Global Counselor p11 Gaffin wid Buddy p26 Healthwise 18 Zizi the continuing story will be back in the next issue. LEG UP p19 Piecing together Memories 30 and much more interesting tidbits The Importance of Art - p15 Soroptimistp20 Poems By Neil p21 Poem - Mimi Brown p22 Dietitian Phyllis Reid Jarvis p26 Women of Distinction p8 Tips for working with Minorities part II p13 Global Eyes is an independent magazine quarterly publication devoted to promoting cultural awareness of the African and Caribbean communities of Manitoba and highlighting the issues and concerns of these communities. It also aims at promoting cultural diversity and appreciation. Its It features articles ranging from the achievements of local, national and international personalities and general information that are of interest to the African/Caribbean community. It offers editorials with African/ Caribbean sensibilities and letters to the editor. The Magazine is produced under a volunteer editorial committee that assists with proof-reading, publicity and distribution. Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine (GEM) 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Heather Flynn and Florence Okwudili members of the City of Winnipeg Equity and Diversity Committee were key players in the organization of the Awards Dinner. Okdwulli is the Chair of the Youth Committee and Flynn is the Chair of CMARD – Canadian Municipalities against Racial Discrimination.
  5. 5. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 5 5 GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE Neil Pitamber, Lara Badmus, LLB A prolific writer, poet and owner, Caribbean Shield GEM’s Regular Contributors Discipline Counsel The Law Society of Manitoba Distributed to local businesses, and in Winnipeg and via email to individuals in Manitoba and former Manitobans in various parts of the world. To receive Global Eyes by mail please send a cheque for $15.00 to: Global Eyes Magazine 671 Rathgar Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Phone: 204-477-1588 All contents are (c) 2011 and may not be reprinted without the express or written consent of the author or Editor. Editor: Beatrice Watson Canada’s 146th birthday could not have had a better day for outdoor celebrations. It was a sunshiny day. People came out in full force and the atmosphere was filled with music, national pride, swag bags and even dancing. Canada looks better each year with an ever increasingly diverse population. Those in crisis were not forgotten as messages of encouragement on Face book, Twitter and from the politicians went out to fellow citizens who have lost a lot. In his message Prime Minister Stephen Harper shared his compassion for his fellow Albertans and asked Canadians to remember them and to help where they can. “This has been the good side of the story. Great example of community spirit. A lot of people are still out of their homes. Anything anyone can do, moral support, physical.” NICCOM celebrates Canada Day with Picnic in the Park Nigeria Canada Organization of Manitoba (NCCOM) picnic had all the ingredients for a great time. There were tons of food – jolof rice, barbecue chicken and beef, corn, hot dog, drinks and seasoned meat along with a perfect day of blisteringsun.Morethan 100 showed up.Itwas a day of fun and community sharing. QUOTABLE QUOTE A PEOPLE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN AND CULTURE IS LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS. MARCUS GARVEY
  6. 6. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 6 Briefs Local Weyni Abraha, University of Winnipeg student in International Development, is working this summer on a program titled Indigenous Ways of Being and enjoying every minute of it, she says The program promotes cultural sharing and acceptance through building bridges between First Nations and Newcomers Youth ages 15 to 30. Some of our summer plans include Folkorama, Sundance, traditional ceremonies, recreational activities, interactive workshops including dances. Food, transportation and all the activity cost is covered. COMMON BONDS COMMON GROUND Kudos to Hope Akello a former intern with Congress of Black Women who presently holds down two jobs – research Assistant with the Craft Museum and Library of MB and Outreach staff at the Studio in Portage Place. On May 18, 2013 Hope organized a forum Titled “We are Diaspora” the event was held on May 18, at the Studio on Portage Place with attracted a large group of youths. The event was well planned with a variety of culturally appropriate activities including African drumming, poetry and a facilitated panel discussion on issues such as race, ethnicity, and homeland. A generous multicultural lunch was served. NEW SUPPORTIVE HOUSING FOR IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE WOMEN Three Levels of Government Join Hargrave Holdings Ltd. to Build Marie Rose Place for Vulnerable New Canadians A new apartment building being built in the heart of Winnipeg and supported by the three levels of government will provide safe, supportive housing for immigrant and refugee women. The announcement was made recently at at today’s sod-turning for Marie Rose Place by Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface and Jenny Gerbasi, councillor Marie Rose Place is a 38,000- square-foot, 40-apartment, six- storey building that will support vulnerable p single women and children, who are new to Canada and have limited or no local family or community support. It will be run by Holy Names House of Peace, which will offer a range of support programs and services to residents. Programs and services will be provided regardless of religious affiliation or cultural origin. “Marie Rose Place will offer an environment where women and children who have come to Canada to build a better life will get the helping hand they need to build that life,” said Irvin-Ross. Hope Akello and Alexa Potashnik former interns at the Congress of Black Women organized a drop in at the Congress Office which was well organized and attracted quite a few walk-ins. The year the trend continues with the interns. Choloe Chapple Executive Director of MARL (Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties) and a group of volunteers pulled off a fantastic Multiculturalism Day celebrations on June 22, 2013 at the Forks. The proceedings went smoothly and hundreds came out to join the celebrations. Multiculturalism Day at the Forks WEYNI WITH (L) TWO PARTICIPANTS DRUMMING SESSION
  7. 7. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 7 7 Editorial - Take One Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Erin Selby and Health Minister Theresa Oswald today announced the new Nurse Practitioner Education Grant, which will fully cover the cost of tuition to support nurses who want to become nurse practitioners and work in rural communities across Manitoba. Through the new grant, students will be eligible for funding of up to $10,000 to fully cover the cost of tuition in exchange for one year service working as a nurse practitioner in a designated rural community after graduation. “Nurse practitioners play a vital role in caring for Manitoba families, working in QuickCare clinics, ERs, personal care homes and other facilities,” Oswald said. “Our new and innovative education grant will encourage even more nurse practitioners to work in rural and northern areas to address the health care needs of families throughout the province.” Applications for the new grants will be available starting this fall, as the expanded nurse practitioner class begins their studies at the University of Manitoba Special Congratulations to Tito and Dupe Daodu who recently graduated with degrees from the University of Manitoba. Tito has begun her medical practice in Calgary and Tito a Social Worker in Toronto. More success to both these young women. Congratulations to all the students from the African and C a r i b b e a n communities who have graduated from university or college. May your career path be a steep climb upwards and onwards – ever lerning, ever growing and ever grateful A SWEET DEAL FOR NURSE PRACTITIONER EDUCATION Folklorama season is upon us again. It is the time when it seems that the boundaries of culture shift to include everyone and everybody appears to be in a joyful mood giving and taking, laughing sharing foods and just being plain human beings interacting with each other. It would be nice if we could take that energy bottle it and store it for another day because it seems as soon as folklorama is over we return to our shell and look at each other with strangeness again. Maybe there needs to be a study about the phenomenon of Folklorama and its power to make people drop their guards and be open to trying new foods, new dances sand go up on the Caribbean Pavilion stage and try to do the limbo, many falling down and laughing and feeling good about themselves or are the people who attend folklorama already converts to multiculturalism so that we are speaking to the converted. How can we encourage others who are little more timid to be adventurous to join in and see if transformation could occur that way? Each year in spite of the unfortunate increase in the price of a ticket, more people appear to attend folklorama, however who are those attending? young professionals, seniors with a great pension or singles? One thing we should not let happen is to price folklorama out of the reach of the ordinary folks because they are the soul of folklorama. This is an event that all people and families, large and small ought to be able to participate in. One way that poorer families can participate fully is to encourage their children to volunteer at a pavilion and gain access free of charge to the shows. If this is not possible, there should be special prices for socially disadvantaged people to attend. Perhaps Corporations can be encouraged to buy tickets in bulk for distributions at food banks, community organizations or regular banking institutions. Most of all let us use Folklorama as a platform to break down barriers in recognizing each other as one single body of humanity and permanently shatter the veil of the illusion of separation that blinds us from this truth. Enjoy a safe folklorama everyone, get out support, participate and have a good time.
  8. 8. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 8 DED I love watching the Academy Awards and I often hear this line sometime during the show: “It’s an honour just to be nominated”. Well, the same holds true for the YMCA/ YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. I was one of the nominees this year in the Culture Category for work I have done with the ANANSI School for the Performing Arts. I really didn’t know who else from our community was nominated but it was great to see other Black nominees at this ceremony. Going to events such as this where there are other professionals and young people gathered is quite an experience. Throughout the night, all nominees were introduced on a screen and it was inspiring to hear about all the incredible things that women are doing in the city of Winnipeg. Honourees from 11 categories were presented and I was in awe of everyone’s accomplishments. There were 4 nominees from our community: · Flo Oramasionwu was nominated in the Arts category for her musical accomplishments. Her second solo album, Pieces of Me, won Urban Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. As a physiotherapist by day, she still volunteers for community events by sharing her talent. · Dr. Trust Beta was nominated in the Science, Technology, and The Environment category. A professor at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Beta is among the top researchers in the area of antioxidants in foods in Canada. She has held a prestigious Canada Research Council Chair in Food Science and Technology and is well published in her field but also volunteers in the African Community in Winnipeg. · Antoinette Zloty was nominated in the Advocacy and Community Enhancement category. As an active community volunteer over the past 35 years, she has given her time and talents to various organizations. She is the founding president of the Barbados Association of Winnipeg and continues to be a leader in the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba. She has worked to create partnerships between community and government and was awards a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for her efforts. · Sappfyre McLeod was nominated in the Gerrie Hammond Memorial Award of Promise category. She is an active volunteer at Tec Voc High School. She organized a “Family Fun Day” for the community with a grant from the United Way and is a mentor/volunteer for Boys and Girls Club’s “Power Up” program. Education and literacy is important to her and she displays this passion in the groups she helps. One of the highlights of the night, however, was watching Beatrice Watson received special recognition for her community work. She is the 2013 recipient of the Babs Friesen Award. This is lifetime achievement award from the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council .She was selected by a select committee among other nominees. Ms. Watson as the founder and editor of this publication (Global Eyes) but she has lived and worked in YMCA-YWCA 2013 Women of Distinction Awards - Leisha Strachan BEATRICE WATSON, MARGARET STRACHAN AND LEISHA STRACHAN
  9. 9. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 9 9 The Guyanese Cultural Organization of Manitoba, Inc. held its annual banquet and dance in commemoration of Guyana 47th Independence Anniversary at the Viscount Gort Hotel on May 25th , 2013 at which event Guyanese youths were presented with Awards of excellence for their academic and career achievements. Awards were presented to,Oswayne Garrett 33. son of Orrin and Hurla Garrettwho received his CGA designation in March 2013. He is employed with The City of Winnipeg as a Financial Analyst.He recently married to Nicole. Rayna Haley 18, daughter of Wayne and Monika Haley, grand- daughter of Inez Haley. She graduated from St. James Collegiate with a GPA of 3.7. Samantha Bristol, 18 daughter of Deborah and Ian Bristol, grand- daughter of Inez Haley and Richard Bristol who graduated from Technical Vocational High School with her level 1 certification in Auto Mechanics. Devina Sampson-Kelly, 18 daughter of Raquel Sampson and John Kelly. grand-daughter of Mrs Rita Nedd. She graduated from Oak Park High School Garrett thanked his parents for helping him financially and morally and also his new bride who have all contributed to his success. Well organized, the event attracted large community support and participants heard the contributions the GCO has made and also its plans for the coming year. Among its regular programs include Seniors Dinner, community picnic at Birds Hill Park, annual potluck and fundraising efforts such as socials, bake sale at its annual tea etc. Colleen Hayley, Board member, and the event’s emcee performed her task with elegance and skill. Mr. James Ellis, a Board member provided one of the most detailed Toasts to Guyana that gave the history of the country in a nutshell. There were greetings from sister organizations as well as from the three levels of Government and Folklorama. Dr. Lois Stewart Archer gave a light-hearted presentation on a difficult subject Aging with Grace. Dr. Lois offered some valuable tips to participants using power point to highlight some points with funny pictures and jokes about aging which were well received by the audience who gave her a standing ovation. (Watch for Dr. Archer’s Tips on Aging Gracefully in the next Issue of GEM). GCO Celebrates Guyana’s Independence Anniversary Debra Bristol and James Ellis Devina Sampson-Kelly, Honoree Oswayne Garrett - Honoree Dr. Jon Gerrard & Ms Naiomi Gerrard - greetings from the Liberal Party Zaleena Salaam - greetings, Folk Arts Council Rep. Samantha Bristol daughter of Debra and Ian Bristol Samantha Bristol Honoree
  10. 10. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 10 Can’t find a salon to do justice to your hair? Look no more! Les Touche Salon will send you satisfied everytime 4-555 Balmoral Ave Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m - 7:00 p.m. Phone: 947-5830 Global Briefs According to a report released by the United Nations World Heath Organization (WHO), 35 percent of women around the world experience some form of physical or sexual violence, whether by an intimate partner or stranger, and the problem is so widespread that it is now considered a global public health problem. The report is the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women. The study found that violence committed by an intimate partner is the most common form of violence, affecting 30 percent of women worldwide. In addition, 38 percent of all women murdered globally are killed by their intimate partner; women who face physical and/or sexual partner violence are 1.5 times more likely to acquire a sexually transmitted infection and twice as likely to develop depression and alcohol-use problems. Rwandan youths spoke passionately about what they know about the war and how the people were led astray by the colonials. One young man said that before colonizers came the Hutu and Tutsi lived peacefully but the Europeans lifted up one group over the others and it was a divide and conquer war that ensued in which the locals paid a heavy price. This comment was made after listening to Col. Del Allaire speech about the atrocities of the genocide. Jackson Nahayo is a Canadian trained RN who has returned to his country and set up an orphanage to give back to his community. Nahayo promised to sit with Global Eyes to share his findings when he returns from his trip back home again. Joan Braun assumed is the new Executive Director of Manitoba Human Rights. Braun was recently a presenter at a Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council ‘s Lunch and Learn. She spoke about rights and responsibilities of respondents in the area of pregnancy and the duty to reasonably accommodate women who are pregnant. There was a full house and many questions asked. Joan Braun Executive Director MHRC FAMILY VIOLENCE WORLDWIDERWANDAN YOUTHS RESPONDS TO GEN. HILLAIRE PRESENTATION AT THE HOLOCAUSE MEMORAL SERVICE JACKSON NAHAYO( L)AND FRIEND
  11. 11. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 11 11 Regulars Letter to my children Global Counsellor continued on p20 My dear children, Summer is finally here and with it the rain and devastation. The recent flood in Calgary drives home to us that we have to have more than things. Things can be taken away easily and effortlessly by a storm, a fire or any natural disaster. Mankind has not found a way to counteract nature. In times like these we have to have something to hold on to. We have to know that we are more than our stuff because if we attach our personalities or our lives to what we have or what we do, then when we do not have or we cannot do then what is left? We have to be in a place that it is okay to lose everything and to start over again. In times of crisis we quickly become aware of what is it that we need and what it is we want and that the stories we tell ourselves about need to have are simply stories. Having lots of stuff is great if we do not attach ourselves and our significance to them. We have to be able to feel great in any circumstance because we are not our stuff; we are not what we do or what we have. We are human beings of equal worth and value irrespective of what we have or what we do. This is the lesson of tragedies. If you think your significance comes from your job or your bank account when you have neither then what are you? To quote John Wooden, “worry about your character, not your reputation. Your character is who you are and your reputation is who people think you are.” So build your character around love and compassion. Love mom Dear globalcounselor, I just read the verdict of Trayvon Martin’s murder and my skin is crawling with anger. I don’t what to do about it. I am trembling. I am here in Winnipeg and have nothing to do with what’s going on in Florida but this thing hit me hard and like I am going out my mind. I can’t stop thinking about it – crying, shouting – I can’t explain. Maybe it’s because I have a 17 year old son and he likes wearing these big clothes and I keep telling him not to because people are going to judge him. He is my only child and I am scared. This verdict although it happened in the US of A to me it still a black and white thing. We black people have been downtrodden and taken advantage of for so long. I don’t know why the white people don’t like us. Black people are very nice people. Sometimes my son goes to Florida to be with his father who lives there. Everytime he goes there I will be a basket case until he gets back. This decision is like the courts giving people with guns permission to shoot if they feel unsafe. What can a black man do? If a white man shakes him up he’s got to go along with it? Because it seems if he tries to protect himself he could be killed. Am I the only one reacting so badly to this decision, am I sick or crazy, help me. I am so shaken my skin is itching and I am ready to pull the covers over my head. Shaken Dear Shaken, The Black world has reacted to the news of the verdict of Trayvon Martin killer with various emotions on a continuum from tears to anger to fear you name it. This situation has brought up centuries of hurt and pain fresh again. Your reaction is not surprising and no you are not crazy. You are reacting to deep pain which is discouraging. However you have to maintain equilibrium and know that most of what we feel is historical and we have not dealt with the trauma of slavery and so the virus has been transmitted down through the ages. We are masters of our thoughts and we can choose what thoughts to feed and what to starve. Even thought things might appear to be bad things are getting better. If your son has to go to Florida encourage him to walk with friends and if confronted to walk away. It’s not about being right but it’s about being alive and being safe. Trayvon was not an innocent bystander, he was involved in a fracas when he should have just walked away. Our culture usually shames young men into standing up to the bitter end to prove their manhood this is not the way for blacks to be in the world.
  12. 12. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 12 In Your Back Yard KEISHA COOK From The Family Centre of Winnipeg to Family Dynamics After more than 50 years of being known as The Family Centre of Winnipeg, a new name for the organization was launched at Portage Place Mall on Wednesday April 24, 2013 at an unveiling ceremony attended by a sizeable crowd of members of the public, government officials and nonprofit organizations representatives. Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Family Services, Ms Melanie Whyte, MLA for Burrows congratulated the organization for its successful programming over the years in service to families and youths in Manitoba and confirmed government’s continued support in the future. Holly Puckall, Executive Director, of Family Dynamics, said the organization, which was accredited in 1968, took a calculated risk in its decision to change the name of the formidable brand of the organization, but felt that this move was necessary going forward and reflecting the change in the dynamics of Winnipeg Community. ”We are changing our name but not who we are. our Core Values remain the same... healthy family and strong communities” Ms Puckall said adding “As our programs and services have continued to evolve, adapt, and respond to changing needs, we needed a fresh new look to reflect who we are today”. The colourful pastel logo of interwining petal-shaped forms represents the growing diversity of Winnipeg community and the inclusive, inter-related dynamics of Family Dynamics work. The Director said that they kept family in the name because it is still the hub around which all other programs revolve. Family Dynamics has an immigrant component in its staffing that works “specifically with newcomer families. Family Dynamics, a registered charity, is located on the 4th floor of Portage Place in the heart of downtown Winnipeg with easy access to buses and other amenities. It It currently serves more than 6000 Winnipeg families each year. Funded by United Way, federal and provincial governments the organization offers a range of services from counselling, parent-coach, and other family related services to the community. Manitoba for over 25 years. She has been an active volunteer and mentor for many groups including the Congress of Black Women, the Legal Education Action Found for Women (LEAF), and Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre and Mediation Services (Winnipeg). Her very eloquent speech was well received and extremely heartfelt. She knew Babs Friesen personally and spoke about this in her speech. One thing that I remember her saying was that, as an organizer of an event, it is important to have that ‘one person’ come who has been invited as a source of encouragement. Her mottos “we are all one” and “leave the planet a little better that how I found it” are apparent in the way she lives her life. I was personally so proud to see someone from our community up on that stage. There are many other women who should be recognized from our community and we should try to take the time each year to nominate one. We have had previous winners from our community. Even if our nominee does not win, simply being at the event is a step and is encouraging. So congratulations to the fellow nominees and to Ms. Watson. Thank you everything you do. Continue to follow your passion and keep leaving your stamp on this city and in the lives of others. I know you will and I will keep watching. WOMEN OF DISTINCTION ...CONT’D FROM P The Newcomer Family Support Team
  13. 13. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 13 13 TIPS FOR WORKING WITH MINORITIES (Part 2) (Adapted from Catrice Jackson’s Article) During the relationship building process: 5. Do not expect an immediate response of open arms; it seldom happens. Trust is critical, it must be earned and established over time. Many minorities are cautious about building new relationships and this apprehension is justifiable given past experiences and, maybe even current ones. Therefore, in most cases, the relationship building process will take time to grow. Knowing this upfront will hopefully make the process easier. 6. Some may tell you to not to see the ethnic, racial or other differences that make one a minority. However, I believe a better view may be to see it. By seeing it and not denying it or dismissing it, you are able to see the whole person and appreciate their uniqueness. I am pretty confident in saying that most minorities, on some level, have experienced discrimination or differential treatment and may have even been victimized by it. By seeing or appreciating the differences in the minority right away, you can get an idea of what he or she has been through, is going through or has experienced in their life time. 7. Don’t expect the minority to educate you! That means avoid too many questions that begin with “why do you or why do people like you (i.e. minorities) do this or act this way, e.t.c. The line of questioning might also be something like “oh, so in your Country, you don’t”…..or; “do you have this or that in your Country.” A very common question that I know minorities get inundated with (because I have been) is “so where are you from?”. You may be curious about where someone who looks different from the majority is from, but I guess it’s the manner in which the question is asked that many find offensive. There is also the underlying presumption or assumption by many of what things are like where the minority is from. For instance, common assumptions about minorities who originate from Africa are – (a) that they were fleeing war or famine; (b) that Africa is a country; (c) that they are not sophisticated in terms of education, speaking English or traveling – hence you may sometimes hear someone say to a minority something along the lines of “ for someone new to Canada, your English is very good”. Such ignorant comments could be insulting to say the least, as some of the minorities that are new to Canada, may not be new to many other parts of the “developed” world. Some may even have schooled in those parts of the world. So the bottom line that I am getting at is – yes, I am sure you might be curious about different cultural or other differences, but asking too many questions or the wrong questions as if you’re not culturally intelligent or worldly wise is not good. Most times, minorities want to just show up and be, not educate everyone they work with about who they are and why they do the things they do. Over time, if their trust is earned, you will eventually get answers to the many issues you may legitimately be curious about regarding minorities. 8. Take it easy and slow! That means don’t rush the relationship; again referring back to tip no. 5. - TRUST is a big factor and minorities more than likely need to be sure that you aren’t going to be like many others who “just don’t get it or understand their culture or differences.” The best thing you can do at this stage of the relationship is listen, validate and support. (The final installment will be in the next edition of Global Eyes, be on the look out!) By: Lara Badmus Congratulations to Randi Gage and valuable volunteer and Board Member of the Congress of Black Women who was nominated by the Riverton and District Friendship Centre Voluntarism, Advocacy and Community Enhancement category. CONGRATULATIONS FRIENDS FOR LIFE Francesca and Tita childhood friends never allowed time and distance to dissolve the bonds of friendship. They have kept their Italian “best friendship” for more than 50 years through letters, phone calls and visits. Tita recently spent a month with Francesca in Winnipeg. May your friendship live on.
  14. 14. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 14 The Manitoba Liberal Party hosted an Arts and Culture Forum on April 7 2013 at the Mona Lisa restaurant to explore ways of helping Manitoba artistic community survive and thrive. The forum brought together artists of all genres to discuss ways in which we can position Manitoba to live up to its name of the Arts Capital of Canada. There were six panellists including Thom Sparling, Executive Director, ACI (Arts and Cultural Industries of Manitoba), Mel Marginet, co- founder and Artistic Director of Theatre by the River, Christine Albers, Creative Director, Opus VFX, Dougald Lamont, Author, Demetra Penner, Singer, songwriter, visual artist, Manju Lodha, Ino- Canadian Visual Artist and Karen Cornelius Visual Artist. Mr. Sperling provided an overview of the arts community and its contributions. He said that every single department of governments has an impact on arts and culture and every industry has an artistic or creative sector. He noted that according to Manitoba statistics available, the arts sector employs 23,700 people, 2000 are in the culture business and the sector as a whole represents more than a billion dollars in economic impact in Manitoba. In addition there are some 3.1 million attendees of arts events and 99.6 percent of Manitobans are involved in arts in some way. Fling Felon is No. 8 in the country for its celebration of culture day with $1.6 million contributed in volunteer hours Mr. Sperling said that in spite of all that the Manitoba arts sector receives the least funding in Canada. “We are only ahead of BC because it had its entire arts budget cut, otherwise we would have been at the very bottom in terms of our arts budget,” Sperling said. Other comments from other participants included “Art is good for the economy and we need to start looking at it not as something nice to have but a very important part of the economy.” “It is challenging to be an artist in Manitoba these days because of lack of funding, support and affordable venues to showcase one’s work.” “Winnipeg has one of the best resources for music but it is still hard to survive without grants. I write six grants at a time. To get into Folk Festival is harder for Manitobans, than outsiders” noted Ms Penner. Someone made the comment that artists spend a lot of time with ITunes but suggested that it is a scam and don’t amount to much for artist. A vigorous discussion ensued about the need for increased support for artists because they are not a frivolous addition to life but the essence of life itself even without the tremendous contribution the art sector makes to our province and the country. There was also discussion about the kind of art that receives funding. Folk artists or artists with no conventional training have difficulty accessing funding or gaining respect for their art in the community. Manju Lodha is one such artist and even though her work was studied and curated by an academic and presented at a conference she was not funded to attend the presentation which was held in another province. Art is sacred. Art is not extra and artist community is a profitable enterprise for Manitoba. The artists at the forum expressed the belief that more could be done and needs to be for their community. ART IS THE SOUL OF A COMMUNITY THAT NEEDS RECOGNITION Manju Loda, immigrant artists shows a sample of her work
  15. 15. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 15 15 Congress of Black Women Manitoba Chapter having a Mother’s Day Brunch with its members. We had a delightful time at Canada Inn on Pembina highway. There were even some babies in our midst which is always so delightful. Thanks to Kenny for this great idea of socializing and connecting. Minister of Multiculturalism, Hon. Christine Melnick introduced some of the recently appointed MYMB (MY Manitoba) youth ambassadors at the Multiculturalism Day events at the forks. There were about 10 of the 24 ambassadors present. They are mandated to engage other youths especially youths from visible minority communities to feel welcome in Manitoba. “It’s important that people know that from the moment their foot touches the rich soil of Manitoba, that they are Manitobans,” Melnick said. MYMB has a budget of $10,000 this year, intended to cover travel expenses, but the time they give to the work is voluntary she said. MYMB youths were picked from a cross-section of our society and they can be called upon to help with activities such as sports camps, music camps, community centres and other youth gatherings. More information, including bookings, can be made through a website the province set up for the program at MYMB AT YOUR SERVICE CBW’s Brunch Attracts Community Members
  16. 16. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 16 Congratulations to Muleya Makonda, 10-year old student at St. Maurice School who was accepted into the Bonnyvital Soccer Club. Muleya was esctatic about this and looks forward eagerly to start the game. Watch out for this little tiger onthe soccer field It should be good. Honour killing being an aspect of the Muslim religion is one of the myths that is prevalent in our society which the Canadian Council of Muslim Women- Winnipeg Chapter (CCMW) attempted to dispel at its recently sponsored community conversation on April 16, 2013, on the topic ‘Honouring our women an ethnocultural perspective on family violence”. Funded by the RCMP Family Violence Initiative Fund, the event was held in the Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg and attracted a sizeable audience from the multicultural community. The event was structured with presentations by three panellists who were Leslie Spillett, Executive Director, Kani Kanichihk, Alia Hogben, Executive Director, CCMW, Toronto and Superintendent, Shahin Mehdizadeh, East District RCMP. Isha Khan, lawyer and member of the Winnipeg CCMW Chapter facilitated the conversation and in her opening remarks said the intent of the event was to share differing perspectives on family violence within the ethno-cultural context. Rita Chahal is the new Executive Director for Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, Welcome Place, replacing Wanda Yamamoto in June 2013. Chahal comes to the job with lots of relevant experience in particular former Executive Director of the now defunct Immigrant Women’s Employment Centre. Chahal hails from Prince Edward Island where her parents took refuge after war broke out in Pakistan. They had moved to Pakistan to escape persecution for being Christians in a predominantly Hindu society. Chahal sees this job as a way of giving back to the community for what she has received. She said they were attracted to Winnipeg because of its sunshine. Welcome Place is the first contact and one-stop service providers for refugees to Winnipeg. In 2012, 1013 Welcome Place helped some 688 newcomers from 51 countries. “There is no religion or culture in the world that would support violence. Never associate crime with religion and target members of that religion with crimes” said Supt. Mehdizadeh adding Supt. Mehdizadeh shared his experience as an expert consultant in the 2009 drowning deaths of a mother and her daughters whose alleged perpetrators were family members. He said in speaking about such incidents one has to be careful about separating culture from the crime. Ms Leslie Spillett said the violence that occurred in the process of colonization was still a part of the Aboriginal reality. And that family violence cannot be spoken about in isolation without referencing historical facts. She said the Aboriginal population is still marginalized and that the Aboriginal men and women had a partnership based on equality of the sexes which changed when the Europeans arrived and introduced the patriarchal system and concomitant racism into their systems. She said that 97% of each dollar goes to non Aboriginal people to work on Aboriginal people “the system of violence continues.” Ms Hagen spoke about femicide and violence in Muslim New Face at MCIC A dream come true Ethnocultural Perspective on Family Violence CONT’D ON P 22 *****
  17. 17. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 17 17 The Manitoba Women‘s Advisory Council brought in Jackson Katz, PhD., acclaimed lecture and pioneer in gender violence prevention, education and critical media literacy to speak on family violence to various sectors of the community to help promote the Province‘s multi-year domestic violence prevention strategy. Katz message will help reinforce the province’s campaign message that men need to join the stand against violence inflicted on women, she said. Katz was the first guy in Women’s studies at 18 years of age and he spoke out on campus while in college and now has moved on to the world‘s stage speaking on the issue of violence against women being a men’s issues and stating passionately and unequivocally that men have to take responsibility for stopping it. He said there needs to be a paradigm shift from the prevailing idea that this is a women’s issue and good men help out. “Adult men should take leadership on the subject. Adult men with power and influence should stand up and say ‘I care about this. Men have to take a stand, take risks regardless of the anxiety they feel from peers. `` Katz was speaking to a group of government workers including a few ministers at a luncheon at the legislative building in May 2013. “Boys will be boys` is a defence of bad behaviour by men. Men are better than this, they can be better than this``, he said. Knowledge about the intersectionality of domestic and sexual violence needs to be understood as well such as issues as homelessness, alcohol and drug problems, issues of masculinity and femininity, depression. Sometimes violent behaviours play out of traumas, play out of stuff that occurred early in their lives. “When something has been taken from us we take it back from others” The same system that produces violence against men in families is also the same system that produces violence against women. We need to look at that. How can we encourage men to attend programs on sex and gender issues? How can we encourage men to move beyond defensiveness on the subject of rape and other forms of gender violence? How can we educate men about these issues without blaming them for centuries of sexism and gender oppression? The lunch hour flew by quickly but Katz obviously quickened his audience who respondent to his message with nods of approval and a standing ovation. Family violence touched the Caribbean Community recently with a double homicide at the hands of a jealous ex who gave himself up to the police as soon as the act was completed. Natasha Jeffrey and Ronald Dabreao were murdered in cold blood. The parties are all originally from the Caribbean. “Violence is the last refuge for the incompetent” Salvor Hardin. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVES TWO DEAD HABITAT HELPS NEWCOMER BY THEIR HOMES Sandy Hopkins, CEO Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg was the guest speaker at MIIC Annual meeting on June 19, 2013. He spoke about the work Habitat was engaged in that benefitted newcomer families He said there is a misconception that Habitat gives away houses. The fact is they sell houses to families with zero down payments. Habitat holds the mortgage and homeowners make monthly payments to Habitat. In addition homeowners have to volunteer 500 hours with Habitat either at their Re-Store or fundraising activities, Hopkins said about 50-60% of the people they work with are newcomers and they want to continue in the same direction. While the current houses are single family homes because of the increasing cost of land they might are looking at building duplexes KATZ CALLS ON MEN TO TAKE LEADERSHIP IN STOPPING FAMILY VIOLENCE
  18. 18. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 18 HEALTHWISE - - Let your food be medicine and your medicine be food. Hippocrates - Sunshine Rice A citrus taste, combined with almonds, celery, and onions — but no added salt — make this side dish a new classic. Try it with fish. 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 1/4 cups celery, finely chopped, with leaves 1 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped 1 cup water 1/2 cup orange juice 2 tbsp lemon juice dash hot sauce 1 cup long-grain white rice, uncooked 1/4 cup slivered almonds 1. Heat oil in medium saucepan. Add celery and onions, and sauté until tender (about 10 minutes). 2. Add water, juices, and hot sauce. Bring to boil. Stir in rice and bring back to boil. Let stand covered until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. 3. Stir in almonds. Serve immediately. Vegetables with a Touch of Lemon This heart-healthy sauce uses lemon juice and herbs for a tangy taste. Yield: 6 servings Serving size: 1/2 cup 1/2 head small cauliflower, cut into florets 2 cups broccoli, cut into florets 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped 1. Steam broccoli and cauliflower until tender (about 10 minutes). In small saucepan, mix the lemon juice, oil, and garlic, and cook over low heat for 2 or 3 minutes. 3. Put vegetables in serving dish. Pour lemon sauce over them. Garnish with parsley. Milk Tea 2 orange pekoe tea bags 1 cup boiling water 5 ice cubes 4 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk 3 teaspoons honey Mango Smoothy 2 mangos - peeled, seeded and diced 2 cups plain yogurt 1/2 cup white sugar 1 cup ice 1.In a blender, combine mangos, yogurt, sugar and ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve. Frothy Chocolate Milk 1 ounce chocolate syrup 1 ounce cold milk 8 ounces chilled seltzer water 1.Pour chocolate syrup into a large glass. Pour milk on top of chocolate syrup; stir until completely incorporated and smooth, about 30 seconds. 2.Slowly pour seltzer water into chocolate mixture, stirring constantly. Mixture will foam and bubble. Serve immediately. Ingredients 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 6 cups lightly packed baby arugula 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved 3/4 cup spicy citrus dressing, divided 1 or 2 Fresno chiles or jalapeños, stemmed, seeded, and chopped 1/2 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced 1/2 cup cilantro leaves Directions In a medium pot, bring 1 cup water, broth, quinoa, oil, and salt just to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork, transfer to a large plate, and set aside to let cool. In a large bowl, toss together arugula, tomatoes, and 1/4 cup dressing, and then transfer to a large platter. In the same bowl, gently toss together reserved quinoa, chiles, cucumber, onion, and remaining 1/2 cup dressing. Spoon quinoa mixture over arugula salad, top with cilantro, and serve. QUINOA SALAD
  19. 19. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 19 19 Leg Up Laurel Wright, Monica Rhiney and Violet Clacken CONGRATULATIONS TO SOROPTOMIST INTERNATIONAL OF WINNIPEG THAT CELEBRATED 70 YEARS WITH A RECEPTION AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE ON JUNE 13, 2013 Soroptimist members including Kay Stewart (President seated front row right) flanked His Honour Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Philip S. Lee and Her Honour Anita Lee CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013-2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONGRESS OF BLACK WOMEN The Congress of Black Women of Manitoba held its annual general meeting and luncheon on at the Winter Club and elected new Board members while saying goodbye to those whose terms have ended. Antoinette Zloty remains the President. In her report she cited many interesting developments work of the Congress which she sees as still being relevant in our community today. The Congress of Black women celebrates more than 30 years in existence. Its mandate is to work for the empowerment of Black women which the Congress members believe is its greatest strength. With the increasing migration of women from Continental Africa, many of whom come from societies where women do not often get opportunities to lead , the organization is attracting many of its new members from these areas who say they enjoy being with the mixed group of women. One of its major programs is its scholarship grants to women who are attending university or college. Many of the recipients often return to the organization to give back something. It is hope that this crop of women will one day take lead the organization and help other young black women in their development. Following the formal part of the meeting there was a forum featuring a film and discussion on “Black Hair.” L TO R - RANDI GAGE - MEMBERSHIP, DR. LOIS ARCHER, VICE PRES. LISA HACKETT, PAST PRES. ANTOINETTE ZLOTY, PRES.. OMUS OSHOBE, SECRETARY, DOREEN MANZIDEE, DIRECTOR, KINESHA CALDER, SOCIAL KENNY DAODU, PROGRAM Congress of Black Women Moving Forward
  20. 20. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 20 Soroptimist Club celebrated its annual luncheon at the Viscount Gort Hotel at which it awards grants to women who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community. An International Organization, the Soroptimist through lobbying volunteer work and financial support. Started 1921 by a group of professional women in Oakland California with 85 members. The Winnipeg Chapter was established in 1943. The purpose is to improve the lives of women and children locally, nationally and globally or women currently or previously in management and the professions working through service projects to improve the lives of women and girls throughout the world. The organization boasts a worldwide membership of more than 100,000 in 120 countries. The Winnipeg Chapter has supported financially organizations such as Osborne House Winnipeg Harvest Ikwe Shelter, beyond Borders, Campaign to end Domestic violence among many others. It supports organizations that deal with economic and social development, education, environment, health, human rights status of women international goodwill and understanding. Each year Soroptimist gives awards Women Opportunity Awards and the Violet Richardson Award to deserving individuals who have supported causes that are at the heart of Soroptimists. At this year’s luncheon on April 13,awards were given out to: Elaina Desrochers, Amanda Roberts, Hayley Reutcky, Cassandra Ackerman and Cat Ross. The members come from a cross section of society and professions because a soroptimist believes that by joining with other women and engaging in awareness advocacy and action in service e of her community and society she can make the world a better place for mankind The word Soroptimist comes from the Latin words meaning the best for women The Soroptimist welcomes new members who shares the mission of this organization and the benefits of membership are many, friendships, professional development, education, networking, opportunity to travel among others. For more information please call Kay, the current chair at 204-837-1290 Soroptimist International of Winnipeg gives out Annual Awards I encourage you to pray and think positively. Find the lesson in trayvon’s tragedy and learn from it. Go out with friends, have conversations about what you feel but do not dwell on it, find other activities to take up your time. GLOBAL COUNSELLOR CONTINUED FROM P11 MICC HAS NEW CHAIR Ruth Magnuson was elected the new chair of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC) after Rev. Peter Flynn stepped down after serving for many years. Rev Flynn still remains a Board of Director and Immediate past Chair. Emily Shane, Vice President of the Council presented Rev Flynn with a token of appreciation for his long and dedicated service to the organization. The Council deals mainly with refugee issues and concerns. Prejudice begins with ignorance and ends with understanding. Unknown QUOTABLE QUOTE
  21. 21. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 21 21 CRUSHING SERPENT I’ve knowledge of what it is But am ignorant of why it is… Easy way to keep your head up—? Pretend (if you must) there’s Always ‘siht’ in front of you… The idea is as practical As the execution itself… (Now you’ve gone and looked No serpent to blame this time) Yeah, you stepped in it So clean it up yourself… GATES OF HELL Do I secretly desire the collapse Of my personal ‘social structure’? Curious how it all goes to ashes What it takes to build up ‘future’? Do I subconsciously befriend people I have no qualm to betray in the end? Defend principles I personally abhor Tactless but reliable way to blend in? —— Auguste Rodin on a horse late last night And invited me to a game of ‘chess’ ‘If you are aware of your ‘evil,” he says ‘How can an ‘idea’ look in on itself?’ ‘Is this not the amusement of ‘God’? To keep men, as I have you, in ‘check’?... ‘God is not ‘evil,” I smile, ‘Yet is ‘that’which We give birth to not an extension of ourselves’?… ‘Poor posture and conundrums,’Auguste nods ‘to great “thinkers” lend themselves’… RAG DOLLS When does a ‘v’ become ‘w’? When ripe… Children have a way of Helping you regret ‘that night’ A woman’s’ promises are hardly Worth its’ weight in fools’ gold Still we trade in all we have… Said she was, ‘smart’ But didn’t know how to ‘act smart’ ‘Don’t point out my faults— Just need to accept ‘yours”… Don’t raise your voice— She can make more noise than you… Lupin was in Cupid was out Trust no-one Wife or otherwives… We assume too much that children Are built for anything (Nowadays) Lost innocence really Begins at the ‘mouth’… FISH AND VISITORS Strumming my air guitar at the moon The thing is howling notes That aren’t ratio to scale Yeah, I’m louder than I look Take a breath and regale (My elbow just touched my fingers What the hell—?) There’s a demon loose in my head Stationed there by the ‘hive’ Always indifferent To the suggestion of taking a drive Somewhere out in the country Self-induced coventry Heart’s in the breast I never ‘wing to one side (Said, he isn’t trespassing That he was invited…) TEMPEST Please stave me From temptations… From anything Can curse my eyes I shall not grace them With a second glance Legitimate flirtations And ‘of the like’… Help me deserve the things I’ve earned Bloggers need to be witty Only helps poets to be troubled Sometimes a man needs to feel Relevant and valid and vivified... Revved and reactive and ‘alive’… Please wean me Off femme-tations… TRIBUTE SOCIETY My sides have my person— —ality… No, I cannot count them Nor can I count on them So, what’s so real about Surreality? My gingerale smirks Rather gingerly… (Bruce) Weigh-ins’ are compulsory Before a fight Damian Wayans is not the ‘detective’s’ Son, despite.. You do the math And I’ll do a cask Ward off Mary Jane for Bordeaux Marie-Jeanne An insult to one lover And a slut to the other… TANGENT Rake the corner of my right eye With an edge of my palm I must be getting wi-fi I see ‘waves’ (where are the palm trees?) A hand grabs the back of my head Opposite wrist daubs my forehead… I feel like a trident but look like a rodent And have no command of the seven seas… ‘Albinos’ rare not so much as a nominee ‘Things change’ The only truth there is to know Whether the heart yet wallows… ‘Don’t live by what folks say’ It’s another good one, I think Your mother passes you whole You make yourself half-a-man… The margins’ quite small; to me, it Hardly seems like ‘any’ time, at all… Neil Pitamber’s Poetry - Life and Shtuff
  22. 22. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 22 Multiculturalism - Mimi Brown There are many colors in a picture, different notes in a song But, when combined, these differences are gone Replaced by a masterpiece, a symphony enjoyed by all This is unity; God’s plan before the fall There are many of us here from different lands and different places We speak different languages, we have different faces Yet, we are one body... different parts that make a whole: Without ears we cannot hear Without lips we cannot speak Without tongue we cannot taste Without eyes we cannot seek We are one soul Many cultures but one community Many nations, embracing unity Undefined by religion or race We are both student and teacher, each with their place In the rich tapestry of human being Cooperation and tolerance guaranteeing Our growth, our strength, and our evolution As we embrace the anti-racial revolution... Of multiculturalism The 2013 International Women’s Day theme was Women in Manitoba: Leading Transformative change which reflected the importance of diverse women’s leadership roles as a means to achieving equality in social, legal, education, health and economic arenas. Five dynamic women were chosen to give five minute presentations. These women included Illa Bussidor, Ajit Kaur Deol, OM. Silvia de Sousa and Sappfyre McLeod. The women spoke eloquently on how they are contributing to the equality of women in Manitoba and elseshere. Ms McLeod was the youngest woman on the panel. She is a grade 12 student at Tec Voc High school. She worked as a teen mentor with the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg Power UP after school homework program for children and also acts as an ambassador for the agency speaking at many community events and also acts an ambassador the agency speaking at many community events. Sappfyre’s talk was inspiration and delivered with confidence. Ms Deol was the eldest person on the panel and she delivered her encouragement to women with power. She urged women to work for equality and to tak their rightful place in society. Family violence cont’d fr p16 communities. She said that religion is often used to justify some forms of violence in some societies. Patriarchal family structure lends itself to abuse because females are seen as weak and need to be managed. For the immigrant women financial hardship and language barriers are among the reasons women would prefer to remain in abusive relationships than leave their families. She said the Quran gives Muslim women equality but male religious leaders use their power to diminish them. However recently many Imams came together to put out a statement condemning family violence as wrong. An energetic discussion and samosas chai tea and other ethnic delicacies followed the formal presentations. Rwandan drummers on Multiculturalism Day at the Forks 2013
  23. 23. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 23 23 The Institute for International Women’s Rights, Manitoba continued its dialogue with women in other organizations on May 28, at the University Women’s Club with eight invited speakers to share information about their organization and what each is doing to advance equality of women both locally and internationally including Jackie Anderson of Ma Ma wi Chi ita centre, sandra Martin International Association of Women Police Officers, Karen Harper and Chief Francine Meeches Women’s Committee of AMC, Janice Hamilton, MCIC, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, Helen Whetter of MATCH, Antoinette Zloty of Congress of Black Women, Arek Manyang and her group Women4Women South Sudan andAnna Snyder Voice of Women for peace. The event drew a significant number of women reminiscent of the days when women’s organizations were more vibrant and political. There was a buzz of excitement in the air. It was an informative evening. Many women were not aware of the Congress of Black Women and had the opportunity to learn about it from Ms Zloty. Events like these are informative and provide women with an outlet to voice their concerns and to network with like minded women. Women Gather to Share their Message
  24. 24. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 24 SALOME WILLIANS The Caribbean Community Cultural Centre celebrated Multiculturalism Day and Canada day with a cross-cultural sharing circle with folks from various cultures including: Manju Lodha, India, Rany (Sri Lanka) Kwabena Osei- Bonsu (Ghana) Rena McLeod (First Nation), Clara Orallo (Phillipines) and Beatrice Watson (Guyana) followed by cultural dancing, singing and food. ltor DianeDwarka(moderator)RenaMcLeod, ManjuLodha,Rany Jeyaratnam, Kwabena Osei-Bonsu, Clara Orallo CARIBBEAN SCOTTISH DANCERS LAURA SECORD TELLS HER STORY MR. SAMPSON EXPLAINS THE STEELPAN CELEBRATING CULTURES
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  26. 26. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 26 Gaffin wid Buddy Shop Wisely: Read Labels: Fibre Fibre is a carbohydrate found in plant foods that the body cannot break down. Fiber has several important roles in maintaining health: · Creates feeling of fullness · Slows down absorption of glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream · Lowers risk of heart disease by decreasing amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol · Assists in weight loss · Helps to normalize and maintain bowel movement · May reduce some type of cancers There are two kinds of fibre: Soluble fibre - found in legumes (peas, beans and lentils), whole grain pasta, brown rice, oats, and some fruit and green vegetables - helps to lower blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels Insoluble fibre - found in wheat bran, whole grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables - promotes movement of material through the digestive system- increases stool bulk - assists with constipation or irregular stools When adding fibre to your diet remember to: ü Increase fibre gradually ü Increase water intake ü Choose products with the most fibre per serving When Reading Food Labels: Food label stating: -A source of fibre indicates the product has at least 2 grams of fibre per serving -A high source of fibre indicates the product has at least 4 grams of fibre per serving -A very high source of fibre indicates the product has at least 6 grams of fibre per serving Recommendations: · Women should strive for 25 grams of fibre per day · Men should strive for 38 grams of fibre per day · Men and women over age of 50 should consume 21-30 grams of fibre per day Ultimate Potentials: The Centre for Coaching & Health Services 2nd Flr Cityplace, 201-333 St. Mary Avenue. Winnipeg, MB. R3C 4A5 Website: Blog: Twitter: Tel: 204-942-8179 Toll Free: 1-877-655-0507 Hey man, what’s going down. Well las Canada day was hot, somebody on de news said it was de hattest day on earth. I won’t go dat far but it was hat, hat. I wuz out an about walking down Osborne, checking out the Forks an ended up at Assiniboine Park. Dere were people everywhere lots of them. Ah didn’t realize Winnipeg had so much people. Ah bump into Aboriginals, East Indians, Blacks, Africans, Vietnamese, Mexican, Moroccan, Egyptians, Métis, French-Canadian, Irish, British, people from the Maldives an I can go on but only in Canada yuh can meet all dese people because we gat Multiculturalism as opposed to de melting pat. In say de USA people might nat want to acknowledge de heritage de might ave said “I’m American”. Not so in Canada we always describe ourselves as “originally from,,,” so and so. Different strokes fuh different folks eh. It does mek me feel nice to be part of a big pot of stir fried recipe. I attended a few graduations of family and friends children. It’s nice to see our young people stepping up to the plate to take de place wheh de ole folks look on. Dey are so fresh and full of expectations, high hopes and I pray to god de gon have a good job an moh important a good wok environment. Waking up every day and wan to goh to wuk is a blessing. Ah know many people who dread goin to wuk because of some idiot boss who mekking de life hell. Being an employee is a humbling situation, yuh can have a cont’d on p27
  27. 27. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 27 27 Celebrity Watch kid messing wid yuh head trying to get yuh in line. Some bosses tink yuh a dem foot stool or de monkey that when de seh jump yuh gat to jump, yuh know dat old colonial mentality.Well dat is why I had to retire early. I tink we gat to encourage our children to tink of being entrepreneurs, give breaksraddadanwaiting fuh breaks.Aself- mademanorwomanisdemostprized. Deyset de rules.Anyway it is wat it is.We folks don’t tinklikedeChineseorIndians whoarealways looking fuh open a bisness.We need to take a pagefromdesepeoplebook.Wecandoit. Anywaydat’sisfuhnow.Haveagoodsummer. POMME IS FRENCH FOR APPLE IS COMING TO WINNIPEG FOR FEM FEST 2013 The duo team of Liza Paul Toronto actress of Jamaican parents and home girl Bahia Watson performing in Winnipeg for the first time at the festival and show you why Pomme was selected as the best of Fringe in the Toronto Fringe festival last year. There will be lots of laughter, lots. THE BAHATIIZZ WAS ONE OF THE MANY PERFORMERS AT THE MULTICULTURALISM DAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE FORK. THEY SENT THE CROWN HOME DANCING TO THEIR BEATS Maiko watson with Moses Mayes at Old Market Square for the Jazz Festival Jeremy Zloty debut singing gig at the Forks Multi. Day Renee Batson rocks at the Forks Multi. Day Watch out the Bahatizz are coming to perform at an event near you. This is a family group of singers originally from The Congo and was sponsored by a church group to begin a new life in Canada. They are gospel singers with attitude. They sing in both French and English. This is a group that’s going to go places. They’re fun, high energy and friendly. Watch for upcoming in-depth interview with the group. Gaffing wid Buddy cont’d fr p
  28. 28. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 28 Felona Kitt giving the Vote of Thanks. Stephen and Stacey Felix (Pres and Secty GCO) David Roberts Dominic King and Grantley King (father & Son The party girls Colleen Hayley & Winston Johnson presents gift to Dr. Lois Archer, guestspeaker Funtimes Mr. Roberts introduced the honourees and Mr. Dominic King introduced the guest speaker
  29. 29. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 29 29 On the horizon it is 15th Annual Cultural Unity Dinner and Dance on Saturday October 19, 2013 at the Canad Inns Casino Hotel Club Regent. Last year’s theme was African Safari this year they are taking you out of this world with a cruise into outer space. All this for $60.00. For more information about how you can become involved in the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba located at 46 Princess Street please call 204- Strangers in New Homelands Conference 2013: Pathways and Roadblocks to Settlement and Citizenship in New Homelands: Exploring Critical issues on Migration, Integration and Adaptation of New Comers in Host Societies Thursday October 17, & Friday October 18, 2013 Senate Chambers, EC-262 Engineering Building, Chancellor’s Circle, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada For Registration and other Information please visit the Conference website at: Summer Lecture Chief Obafemi Awelewe memorial lecture, University of Manitoba, Guest SpeakerProf. EWole Akinremi Time and date to be announce. For more information contact Adekunle Ajisebutu – 204-227-6747 September 25, 2013 – Internalized Racism and Sexism Workshop - To share in a non-threatening way our understanding of these terms - To leave with a greater awareness of the other - To understand how the process of internalization works - To discuss ways of untangling our thoughts from set patterned thinking An opportunity to engage in frank and open discussion. Place: 1200 Portage Avenue’ Energy Exchange $60.00 (two breaks included – lunch on your own) For more information call Beatrice at 204-477-1588. one man walks one man walks another man follows one man stops the other man threatens both. men. stood their grounds. pop! one man dies the other man lies then walks away free perhaps it’s the gun for in days of old blows would fly both men would live to tell tall tales like real men do. ——————————— ‘Segun Olude July 14 2013 ANNOUNCEMENT The equality effect is thrilled to inform you that the 160 Girls from Meru, Kenya have made legal history – they have won their Constitutional claim against the Kenyan government. The girls successfully established that the police failure to enforce existing defilement laws, and the police failure to protect them from defilement, is a violation of domestic, regional and international human rights law. The girls have achieved access to justice for themselves, and legal protection from rape for all 10,000,000 girls in Kenya. This legal victory would not have been possible without the financial, advisory and moral support of all the members of the equality effect community. The oral decision from the Judge was released yesterday, May 27, 2013. Fiona Sampson, Executive Director of Equality Effect is Canadian and former LEAF Canada lawyer. “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein QUOTABLE QUOTE IN THE MIX LEGALLEGALLEGALLEGALLEGAL VICTVICTVICTVICTVICTORORORORORYYYYY FORFORFORFORFOR 160160160160160 GIRLSGIRLSGIRLSGIRLSGIRLS
  30. 30. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural,Summer Edition Edition 2013 30 Piecing together Memories Minister of Multiculturalism, Hon. Christine Melnick introduced some of the recently appointed MYMB (MY Manitoba) youth ambassadors at the Multiculturalism Day events at the forks. There were about 10 of the 24 ambassadors present. They are mandated to engage other youths especially youths from visible minority communities to feel welcome in Manitoba. “It’s important that people know that from the moment their foot touches the rich soil of Manitoba, that they are Manitobans,” Melnick said. MYMB has a budget of $10,000 this year, intended to cover travel expenses, but the time they give to the work is voluntary she said. MYMB youths were picked from a cross-section of our society and they can be called upon to help with activities such as sports camps, music camps, community centres and other youth gatherings. More information, including bookings, can be made through a website the province set up for the program at MYMB A NEW RESOURCE OF MANITOBA YOUTHS The Yoruba descendants in Manitoba launched a new organization called Yoruba Descendant Cultural Association of Manitoba with a gala banquet and dance on March 23, 2013 at the Marion Hotel. The event was marked by speeches, Yoruba fashion show, silent auction and other cultural performances including the Chinese Cultural Dance Group and Ariya Africa dancers. The event attracted a full house of a cross section of people but mostly Yoruba’s who displayed pride in their culture by dressing in their cultural dresses for the occasion. Yorubas hail from the west coast of Nigeria, Africa and also from Benin and Togo but have migrated all over the world and can be found in the Caribbean, Europe and the United states in large numbers. The population of Yorubas is about 40 million and it is the largest cultural group in Africa. They are outstanding artists in woodcarving, sculpture, metal and beadwork. Professor Aluko delivered the keynote address in which he urged Yorubas to display the highest standards in leading the organization. He said “to be a leader is to accept that you are a human and will make mistakes.” He said the most important role of the members is to watch over the leaders and encouraged members to ask questions and critique actions. The President of the Association, Yinka Opanui said in the past 50 years the Yoruba population has tripled in Manitoba and said that Yorubas can be found in all areas of professional life in the community. He said Yorubas are friendly people Yoruba forms cultural Organization A group of immigrant women participated in a focus group led by Dr. Bonifacio, Assistant Prof. Gender Studies, University of Lethbridge who is conducting a research into the lives and organizations of immigrant/ multicultural women. Virginia Guiang recruited women from various ethnocultural groups to assist Dr. Bonifacio. The meeting was held at the Fort Garry Hotel and women were asked questions pertaining to their own lives as immigrant women and about the immigrant/cultural serving organization. FR Monica Singh, Ebele Eze, Dr. Glenda Bonifacio, BR - Debbie Guo, Virgina Guiang, Clara Orallo, Azusa Osowa, Beatrice Watson (taking photo)
  31. 31. Global Eyes Magazine Multicultural/Summer Edition 2013 31 31 AFROCENTRIC CARDS AND POSTERS FOR SALE BY SONIA HINDS LEMOINE FORMER OWNER OF AFRO-CENTRA BOOKSTORE. GEM RECEIVES 20% OF YOUR PURCHASE AS DONATION. Get your Culturally appropo Kwanzaa Birthday And posters Arts and crafts Etc Call 477-1588 for more information and to order GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE AND AFRO CENTRA HAS TEAMED UP TO BRING YOU CULTURALLY UNIQUE CARDS AND POSTERS
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