More than 500 students and teachers from across Peel will gather at the HJA Brown Education Centre on May 7 and 8 for the Peel District School Board’s annual Spotlight on Asian Heritage events. The events will include keynote presentations by Sandy Yep, education officer at the Ministry of Education, as well as a variety of hands-on, interactive workshops that encompass this year’s theme: My History, My Community, My Voice.
“Asian Heritage Month allows students to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of the Asian community,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “It is important that we take time throughout the month of May to celebrate and honour the rich history and culture of Asian Canadians.”
Students in grades 7 to 12 will attend the event on May 7, and students in grade 2 to 6 will attend on May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Many Peel board schools will also take part in Asian Heritage Month celebrations and activities throughout the month. In Mississauga, TL Kennedy Secondary School will celebrate with numerous workshops in dance, sushi-making, South Asian poetry, and origami, as well as an assembly with Chinese Canadian author Wayson Choy. On May 29, Shaw Public School will hold a community potluck, featuring Bhangra dancers and other live performances. Fairlawn Public School will engage students and parents at a school-wide assembly.
The Government of Canada officially recognized May as Asian Heritage Month in 2002. It provides an opportunity for Canadians across the country to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Asian Canadians to the growth and prosperity of Canada.
The HJA Brown Education Centre is located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga. TL Kennedy Secondary School is located at 3100 Hurontario St. in Mississauga. Shaw Public School is located at 10 Father Tobin Rd. and Fairlawn Public School is located at 40 Fairlawn Blvd., both in Brampton.
Media contacts: Varsha Naik, Community Liaison Coordinator, 905-890-1010 ext. 2573, [email protected]
Reference: Kayla Tishcoff, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010, ext. 2239, [email protected]