diversity represents universal values that strengthen the unity and cohesion of
societies. HSDN International has completed their third HSDNI’s annual
sustainability conference with the theme of cultural diversity and sustainable
society followed by multicultural show. The event was held on Sunday, June
30th, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m in University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus in
Social Sciences Building. The conference was focused on the issues, causes and
challenges of cosmopolitan and multicultural societies and how to deal with
that. With 50 plus
attendees and 10 speakers and presenters, the conference was very interactive
and informative. End of the conference we had multicultural show which was more
learning and enjoyable.
International is a non-profit organization registered under Canada nonprofit
act has been operating with the goal of raising awareness and promoting
practical models for sustainable development through cooperation and
collaboration and in doing so, striving to reconcile economic growth with
environmental interests and the protection of unique societal practices,
cultures, and traditions. They have been organizing allover outreaches
activities on sustainable communities to share the experiences, find out the
challenges and to facilitate follow up plan for a better society.
The event started with the acknowledgement of the
first generation land rights by Tahmid Rouf and welcome address from HSDNIs’ Chair Dr. Nasima Akter and Saadia
Sarker-coordinator of Sustainable Development Network (SDN) at University of
Toronto. Mr. Jannatul Islam, ED and Incorporator of HSDN Int., presented the
organizational ideas and moto as an introduction while collaboration and simple
live challenges were presented. The special guest Dr. Fahim Quadir,
Vice-Provost and Dean at the School of Graduate Studies at Queen’s University
has presented the inclusion theory for multicultural society while emphasized
has given the youth after graduation shouldn’t think about their study only for
job rather deploying their expertise to contribute in a greater prospect.
Keynote speaker Dr. Monirul Mirza, a professor from University of Toronto
presented the necessity of sustainability with a title presentation
“Sustainable Development: A Mirage or A reality”. Dr. Mirza featured lots of
crucial data to show how crucial for our society to take action for
sustainability for the future generations’ survival. Dr. Diane Dyson and Saira
Ansari from Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation has discussed on the special
guest and keynote speakers’ presentation with throwing a big question to the
audiences how we can survive if we don’t get involve in the activities of sustainability.
refreshment and social networking break, researches presented by Tayyeba Darr
from Access Alliance Multicultural Health on Empowering Newcomer Communities to
Combat Climate Change; Srija Biswas from March of Dimes Canada on Exploring the
factors that influence equitable access to and social participation in Dementia
care programs by immigrants and refugee population living in Toronto and Durham
Region; and Tahmid Rouf from Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services and NYA on
Bangla Town and the Educational and Employment Experiences of
In the third part of the event, multicultural show ere
featured while cultural show was presented by Canadian Newa Guthi and other
artists especially from south Asian cultures.
Event was concluded by the chair of HSDNI thanking the
board members and volunteers and the organizers of
Sustainable Development Network at University of Toronto, a student club of
HSDNI. Flag from different countries were raised by the people from different
origination and with a greater of hope working together for a more equitable
and sustainable society.
a growing international organization, it is with great enthusiasm HSDNI seeks
collaboration with diverse stakeholders to attract scholars and social workers
from around the world.
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