Peel - The Peel District School Board’s Spotlight on Asian Heritage events on
May 7 and 8 will showcase the contributions of Asian Canadians to
Canada’s rich past. Over 480 students and teachers from across Peel will
gather at the HJA Brown Education Centre for Celebrasian, a keynote
presentation by Out Of My Mind’s Milena Marques-Zachariah that will
focus on Asian cultures, values, customs and traditions. Participants
will also take part in various interactive workshops led by Just Ideas,
Harmony Movement, the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and the
Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter to analyze and reflect
on Asian Canadian history through a variety of learning experiences.
“As Canadians, we’re grateful for the contributions
from various cultures who have made significant contributions to our
country’s rich history,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “Our
schools will take part in numerous activities throughout the month to
help celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian Canadians.”
Students in grades 7 to 12 will attend the event on
May 7 and students in grades 2 to 6 will attend the event on May 8.
Both events run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Many Peel board schools will host Asian History Month celebrations in
May. Beryl Ford Public School will host its 1st Annual Asian Heritage
Month Assembly on May 10 where students will perform Asian-inspired
dances consisting of Bhangra, Bollywood, belly dance, Latin, salsa, and
hip-hop. On May 15, TL Kennedy Secondary School in Mississauga will hold
a Sari workshop. Sunnyview Middle School in Brampton will hold a
Cultural Dress Day on May 24 where students will be encouraged to wear
The HJA Brown Education Centre is located at 5650
Hurontario St. in Mississauga. Beryl Ford Public School is currently
holding at 12175 Bramalea Road in Caledon. TL Kennedy Secondary School
is located at 3100 Hurontario Street in Mississauga. Sunny View Middle
School is located at 30 Chapparal Drive in Brampton.