Togetherfest Sparks Joy and Unity through Inclusivity

Published March 11, 2024

Over the past weekend, the University of Windsor's Toldo Lancer Centre became the heart of community celebration as it hosted the inaugural #YQG Togetherfest. Designed to showcase Windsor's rich cultural mosaic, the two-day gathering was a burst of family fun, offering attendees a 'one-stop-shop' experience packed with information about local resources.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

The event, a brainchild of the new Rotary-WIDE and the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA), brought together around 60 organizations ranging from vendors to community service agencies. The interactive stalls complemented by games and live performances by diverse cultural groups provided a platform for learning and enjoyment. Among the entertainers were Academie Ste Cecile Dancers, Yaren Ekti with the violin, Slovak Domovina Dancers, and the Tatry Song and Dance Ensemble representing different ethnic backgrounds.

Community Engagement and Services

With its motto 'be yourself,' Togetherfest aimed to empower attendees to embrace and express their authentic selves. Furthermore, the organizers targeted services that don't have a physical storefront presence, making it easier for community members to discover them. Agencies like New Beginnings, Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women, and Windsor-Essex Neighbourhood Ambassadors were present, providing attendees with valuable information and resources that are often challenging to locate. Patrick Kelly from BANA, co-chair of Togetherfest, emphasized the importance of giving visibility to these services in a fun and accessible setting.

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