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The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership together with Southwestern Public Health and St. Thomas Public Library hosted the ninth annual Walk with Me event on Thursday, October 8, 2020. This front-line worker event is hosted to build connections within the community of agencies that support clients, including newcomers to Canada.

Due to COVID-19, we transitioned this event online. The event included interactive presentations, networking activities, and small group discussions and interactions to build relationships across agencies.

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The morning began with a self-reflection activity where participants built a picture of what makes them, them. This helped unpack how we view ourselves and lead into the first presentation on Unconcious Bias with Dharshi Lacey from Pillar Network Nonprofit.

After a quick break, the group began the networking portion of the morning and created a 30-second introduction to share expertise and credentials quickly and effectively with people who may not know what services an agency provides.

The morning finished with a presentation focused on Blended Service Delivery Models from Summer Burton from Literacy Link Central.