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Story walks at Comox Valley parks raising awareness about refugee experiences

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The Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Centre (CVLLC) is putting on story walks in four public parks to raise awareness about refugee and settlement experiences.

Children’s books have been placed at Cottonwood Greenway, Number 6 Mine Memorial Park, Rotary Skypark and Cousins Park and will be on display until July 2.

The CVLLC and the Immigrant Welcome Centre’s Welcoming Communities Coalition have selected Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan, Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs and Nizar Ali Badr, The Name Jar by YangSook Choi and Wishes by Muon Thi Van and Victo Ngai for the walks.

“It’s our hope that these stories will help people of all ages think about some of the challenges people face when they are forced to leave their homes, move and settle in a new country,” said coalition coordinator Julie Keumbehdjian. 

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“Imagine leaving loved ones, possibly learning a new language and finding a new home. We hope these stories prompt conversations about what we as a community can do to support and welcome people no matter their circumstances.”

The organizations are also promoting World Refugee Day with the story walks. 

World Refugee Day is coming up on June 20 and the 2022 theme is the right to seek safety no matter who and where you are.

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