The ground-breaking ceremony for the Intercultural Dialogue Institute took place on Sunday, September 23rd at 335 Michael Cowpland Drive in Kanata. Some of the prominent guests who came there to show their strong support were Hon. Mauril Belanger, Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, Mr. Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, Mr. Jack MacLaren, Member of Provincial Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, Mr. Bob Wilson, Member of Board of Directors from Ontario Trillium Foundation, Mrs. Marianne Wilkinson, City Councillor, Mr. Sukan Alkin, President of Anatolian Heritage Federation, and Professor Angela Sumegi of Carleton University, Member of Advisory Board.
The Intercultural Dialogue Institute building will be a reality by July 2013. The Institute will be a centre to foster cultural understanding and dialogue amongst ethnic groups by offering educational, social, and youth programs to people from diverse communities. It will provide essential services for newcomers to settle in Canadian society and move into the workforce.
The project will cost about three million dollars. Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their contribution of $500,000 as the Community Capital Fund.
“The Institute will be a centre to foster cultural understanding and dialogue amongst ethnic groups by offering educational, social, and youth programs to people from diverse communities. It will provide essential services for newcomers to settle in Canadian society and move into the workforce.”
“I look forward to your grand opening. What you are doing is wonderful.
Each generation comes here, because we build something great. We have wonderful constitution, democracy and freedom in this country.”
“I can’t help looking over the side here, all the kids playing that will be the ones who are be able to get advantage of what we are doing here.”
“i know intercultural dialogue for a long time… The way they bring people together all the different faith and ideas, what really makes strong organizations.”
“I can congratulate you for building your own capital and helping build the capital of Canada.”
“IDI has been very active. not only building bridges between communities and cultural. In an effort to build a mutual understanding within the society throughout Canada.”