Moving into its’ 8th year, Passport to Unity or PTU, is gearing up “To Celebrate Different”. PTU provides an opportunity for our community to express and experience diversity through a festival over 3 days in May. “This festival is meant to showcase what the community has to offer” shared Alisha Rosset, Event Co-ordinator, Sault Community Career Centre. “To celebrate how we’ve grown and diversified as a community.” What began 8 years ago, as an open invitation for saultites to attend and support a citizenship ceremony at White Pines Auditorium, has become a blossoming spring festival. And who doesn’t love a good festival? Especially when cultural culinary cuisine is on the menu.
“The Sault is becoming more diverse. We continue to have immigration to the Sault. Passport to Unity is intended to incorporate ethnicity into events through cultural expressions”. said Alisha. In fact, PTU will play host to 50 arts/culture vendors,a wide selection of entertainment over the three days,21 food vendors,wellness workshops,and a headlining comedian,Debra DiGiovanni, featured comedian on the Canadian revival tv show MatchGame
A large interactive childrens’ area will continue as an integral part of the PTU festival.
An ‘app’, designed for i-phone and android devices specifically for the PTU festival is a terrific resource for attendees and friends of PTU. Alisha Rosset demonstrated this free app, which is a helpful link for all persons interested in updates and information about the PTU Festival.
The 2nd Annual ‘ Community Driven Awards’, sponsored by Great Lakes Honda is back. Nominations are currently being sought for individuals or groups in various categories who demonstrate community spirit, through selfless endeavours.
One of the biggest challenges facing a person immigrating to one country from another “is to determine what to pack in a suitcase.” Alisha Rosset further shared that “Imagine trying to decide what to bring with you, and having to put it all into one suitcase.” “It’s a way of helping community to understand how immigration might affect a person” (coming to Sault).
Passport to Unity and Citizenship Immigration Canada invite you to join and welcome 50 – 100 new Canadian citizens on Friday, May 1, 2015. Details for the Swearing in Ceremony will be posted soon. Downloading the App will keep you informed of all the venues and events occurring over May 1-3,2015.
A link to the PTU app is found at the bottom of following page.