The Greeting Fluency Initiative has explored several opportunities to use language as a way of building a more inclusive community. An op-ed article has been published in the Vancouver Sun while several other media articles have appeared in print and radio.
The Greeting Fluency Initiative has also held several events. The Official Launch was held in June 2011 at a lunch in the Waterfront Hotel attended by 60 representatives of various community and academic organizations with special guests the Hon. Harry Bloy and the Hon. Margaret MacDiarmid.
Two Greeting Fluency Sessions were held at the CBC Building Studio 700 featuring Tagalog, Cantonese and Punjabi at the first and Farsi, Mandarin and Spanish at the second. As a result of these events two private Greeting Fluency Sessions were requested by different organizations. The MOSAIC immigrant service group hosted a session with almost 100 staff and volunteers. Tourism Vancouver also hosted a Greeting Fluency Session with 20 of their volunteers.
We thank the many volunteers who have worked so hard to organize these events and make them a success.
Greeting Fluency Session: January 12, 2012.
Fifty participants joined us at the videotaping of the January 12 Greeting Fluency Session at the CBC Building Studio 700. Mandarin, Farsi and Spanish were the focus of the evening.
The enthusiastic audience learned five basic greeting phrases for Mandarin, Farsi and Spanish and took away specially designed cards to help them use these phrases in the future. They also heard entertaining and interesting cultural insights from guest speakers including the following:
Mandarin instructor: John Weston, Member of Parliament West Vancouver
Mandarin cultural insights: BC Lee, former Vancouver City councillor
Farsi instructor: Massoud Habashi, International House Vancouver
Farsi cultural insights: Ramin Mahjouri, editor Paivand newspaper
Spanish instructor: Ana Castanio, International House Vancouver
Spanish cultural insights: Emilio Rivero, Mexico trade high commissioner.
Greeting Fluency is not about teaching language, it is about communicating respect. Several interesting projects are underway including a greeting fluency session for a parent group of a public secondary school and a Greeting Fluency Initiative for an elementary school. Do you have ideas how the concept of Greeting Fluency can be promoted? Let us know. Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org