Town becomes member of Dufferin County Multicultural Foundation

April 21, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

The Town of Orangeville is now a registered member of the Dufferin County Multicultural Foundation at a cost of $250 and will declare June 27 as Multicultural Day. 

Founder and president of the annual Multicultural Event and Foundation, Althea Alli delivered a presentation to Council about her organization and the Town’s registration last Monday (April 11) during a regular Council meeting.

“Our request is a donation for $250 which would mean that the Town of Orangeville will be a registered member of the [Multicultural] Foundation,” said Alli. “This will allow for your logo to be placed on our website with a clickable link to your website. We will also work with your DEI committee on any initiatives that support our vision.”

The registration also means that the Dufferin County Multicultural Foundation will share any community events or recruitment opportunities at the Town of Orangeville on their event page and social media.

With the $250 donation, the Town is now a sponsor of the Multicultural Event as well.

The Multicultural Event is being held on June 11 with a flag raising kicking it off at 11 a.m. at the Museum of Dufferin. A vendor market will be held in conjunction with the event this year.

Having started in 2018, this year will be the fifth year that the event is held.

The first event had participation from Dufferin–Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones, Deputy Mayor of Shelburne Steve Anderson, Shelburne Public Library, local elementary schools, Shelburne Police, Shelburne Fire, and the community at large.

In 2019, when the event was held for a second time, it doubled in size. Many sponsors helped support the event’s growth. It focused on Dufferin County as a whole, not only Shelburne in its second year, and showcased arts, poetry, food, and various entertainment.

When the pandemic first hit in 2020, the Multicultural Event went to a virtual format, and saw wonderful support from the community, making it a great success.

Last year, June 27was proclaimed Multicultural Day in Dufferin County for the very first time, and the Unity in Diversity flag was raised throughout the region.

“We took a different approach that year where we actually want to give back to the community by highlighting the achievements of great leaders who are working behind the scenes with the partnership of MP Kyle Seeback, MPP Sylvia Jones, Deputy Mayor Steve Anderson, Caledon Coun. Joanna Downing, and the Museum of Dufferin, and our multicultural committee,” noted Alli. “We recognized these leaders. We had a wonderful panel discussion and an award presentation.” 

To learn more about the Multicultural Event, visit:

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