Community members from around the Thompson-Okanagan region are encouraged to get as many people from their area to log on as possible by March 21—the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The total responses from each community will be tallied, and the community having the most challengers sign up by the end of that day will be recognized.
Kelowna Community Resources is one of the organizations that has been involved in developing the Respect Network—a consortium of organizations throughout the Thompson-Okanagan region that make up part of an EmbraceBC provincial initiative supporting communities organizing against racism and hate.
Elizabeth MacLeod, with KCR, supports the Respect Network’s vision of a region where she says all community members and visitors are “welcomed, valued and respected.”
When it comes to issues of racism and hate, MacLeod believes that it “all comes down to respecting our differences and looking at the positive ways that diversity enriches our communities.”
Community organizations which share the Respect Network’s beliefs are encouraged to join the network.
Community residents are encouraged to use it as a starting place for information about racism and hatred and to find out what they can do in their communities.
The Respect Challenge competition will run until March 21, but the challenge will continue on the site past that date.