Welcoming Week events draw crowds
Welcoming Week 2017 was a tremendous success, according to Mayor Denny Doyle.
"What an incredible week to celebrate newcomers and build relationships," said Doyle, who proclaimed Sept. 15 to Sept. 24 as Welcoming Week in Beaverton. "This year, we had 18 events and nearly 4,700 participants."
National Welcoming Week is an annual series of events designed to bring together immigrants, refugees and United States-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.
Welcoming Week's activities celebrate the contributions of newcomers and provide opportunities to build cross-cultural relationships and understanding. Beaverton Welcoming Week was celebrated alongside more than 500 events in communities across the country. Beaverton's celebration is part of the broader city-wide Welcoming Beaverton initiative.
The proclamation stated that the community's success depends on making sure that all Beaverton residents feel welcome. It stated in part that "foreign-born Beaverton residents are a vital part of our community — bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas, starting businesses and contributing to the vibrant diversity that we all value."
Doyle said, "We honor the spirit of unity that is bringing neighbors together and making our community the kind of place where diverse people from around the world feel valued and want to put down roots; and regardless of where we are born or what we look like, we are Beaverton residents united in our efforts to build a stronger community. By recognizing the contributions that we all make to create a vibrant culture and a growing economy, we make our community more prosperous and more inclusive to all who call it home."
The proclamation included a condemnation of hate, intolerance and racism in the community by the City of Beaverton. It also stated Beaverton believes it has a responsibility to embody the values of equity, justice, and compassion.
Beaverton was declared a Welcoming City and member of the National Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative in April 2015.
Partners that hosted events were Beaverton City Library, Beaverton Farmers Market, Tualatin Riverkeepers, Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Festival of African Films, Prisma Comm, Beaverton Civic Theatre, Campaign Nonviolence, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, BESThq, Adelante Mujeres, Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors.
By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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