It’s Refugee Week in Wyndham.

Refugee Week, to be held from 19 June to 25 June, is an important week that aims to unite individuals and organisations from many different backgrounds together in harmony.

Wyndham City’s Welcoming Portfolio holder, Cr Jennie Barrera, said: “The 2022 theme is ‘Healing’ and aims to highlight aspects of the refugee experience and help the broader community to understand what it is like to be a refugee.”

“Refugee week is the perfect time to recognise and celebrate the many refugees in Wyndham and the wonderful contributions they have made to our community.”

“Wyndham City welcomes everyone to our municipality, and we value and place great importance on creating an inclusive Wyndham that fosters harmony and celebrates and promotes the cultural diversity of our City.”

“We recognise modern Australia has been shaped by migration, with nearly half of all Australians either born overseas or who have a parent who was born overseas.”

“We recognise how our differences and similarities bring our community together and help strengthen social cohesion and make Wyndham a great place to live. We all have a different past, but the future is ours to share.”  

As part of its commitment to Refugee Week, Wyndham City Libraries are holding a number of events to mark the occasion.

Residents can join Hamed and Abdul online, to hear them share their personal lived experiences of seeking asylum, in their own voices, as storytellers of how they came to be in Australia.

“Our Voice, Our Story – ‘Seeking Asylum: Our Stories’ will be held online on Tuesday 21 June, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. To book visit: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/seeking-asylum-our-stories

As well, Point Cook Library is running Refugee Week Story Time for our younger residents, suited for children aged 3-5 years, on Wednesday 22 June from 10.30am to 11.15am, with the story ‘The journey” about a refugee experience and how we can all be welcoming. It finishes with a craft activity at the end of the session.

“Wyndham City is committed to ensuring our city continues to be a welcoming and inclusive city,” Cr Barrera said.

“Testament to this is our City’s membership of the Welcoming Cities network. A national network of cities, shires, towns and municipalities who are committed to an Australia where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.”

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