Harmony Day to become official

The Central Okanagan School District is getting in touch with diversity this month.

Amber Cardenas performs the Okanagan Song at the Living Library workshop for the Harmony Day 10th anniversary at the Hollywood Road Educational Services building in Rutland

The Central Okanagan School District is getting in touch with diversity this month.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Harmony Day, a day where Canadians celebrate their diverse backgrounds.

“It’s just a way to celebrate diversity in our community and all the different cultures that we’re so lucky to have around us,” said chair of Harmony Day Leigh-Ann Yanow.

In preparation for the day, the district held a Living Library on Thursday which featured stories, performances, and speeches by presenters from around the Okanagan and the world.

The presenters worked with groups of students and shared stories with them.

“Living Libraries is a person’s story… and what they’ve gone through in their life. They’re at a great age to be influenced by different people in the community,” said Yanow.

Presenter Rawle James, from Trinidad and Tobago, shared two poems with the students.

“It’s to give them a different flavour of different cultures. I think it’s important to show our diversity, it shows how similar we are,” he said.

His aim is for the kids to have fun and enjoy the stories.

“To not highlight our differences, but our commonality as humans, to me that’s very important, so I applaud the school district… I think people in general just want to hear stories.”

Around 150 middle school students and 18 presenters filled the gym at the Hollywood Road Educational Services building in Rutland for the event.

Every middle school in the district attended with around 15 students from each school.

Each school is doing something different for Harmony Day, said Yanow.

Harmony Day is held on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The theme is “High Ten for Harmony” which will have students reaching their hands up to “High Ten” their neighbours in celebration of Harmony, according to the district website.

For more information visit the Harmony Day website.

Harmony Day will be brought to Wednesday’s Central Okanagan School Board meeting to officially declare Feb. 15 as Harmony Day as part of Human Rights Month.

Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 22, is also set to be declared.

Just Posted

Kelowna’s mayor ready to run again

Colin Basran is expected to announce a bid for a second term as mayor Thursday

Surprise hot air balloon landings in Kelowna

Balloon with 6 passengers aboard lands on Blondeaux Crescent

Nitro Circus show hits Apple Bowl Friday

Kelowna’s Bruce Cook, who was rendered a paraplegic in 2014, will perform in his hometown

District wants Wood Lake swimming area to fall under its jurisdiction

The District of Lake Country applied to the province for a licence of occupation

Kelowna’s Apple Bowl, surrounding roads affected by show

Nitro Circus action sports show goes May 25 in the stadium

MLA pushing province and pharmaceutical to save Vernon woman

Cystic fibrosis patient can’t afford $20,000/month medication she needs to survive

Star Gazing: What can we do to avoid being hit by an asteroid?

Ken Tapping, astronomer with the National Research Council’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Missing North Okanagan woman found dead

Ashton Creek’s Lisa Ruigrok was found in the Trinity Valley area; foul play not suspected

PNE’s Summer Night Concerts by Village People, Lauper, Goo Goo Dolls, more

Mostly retro sounds at this year’s fair in Vancouver, starting Aug. 18

Notley to skip western premiers meeting today, but slams leader who’s there

Notley told reporters that B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to shut down the Trans Mountain pipeline

No suitors emerge for pipeline project stake as Kinder Morgan deadline looms

Analysts and observers remain perplexed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s comment last week that “plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project”.

Energy wells plugged as Hawaii’s volcano sends lava nearby

A spike in gas levels could prompt a mass evacuation in Hawaii

Trump seethes over Russia probe, calls for end to ‘SPYGATE’

“SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!” Trump said on Twitter

Grads receive BC Transit passes

BC Transit provides passes to graduating students in more than 50 communities

Most Read