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Mayors, local business owners and author among panellists announced for 'Building Inclusive Communities' series

Panellists for web series include residents from Squamish, Whistler and Sunshine Coast.
For more information about the events or to register, please visit

Details about the panellists for the upcoming series “Building Inclusive Communities" series have been announced.

The series will take place at the end of January and beginning of February and will be hosted online. The series “will explore the concepts of multiculturalism, diversity and equity, immigration, and building a sense of belonging and how they impact our communities,” according to a news release.

The panellists, dates and topic of each event are below:

  • Multiculturalism - Jan. 24
    • Jack Crompton, Mayor of Whistler
    • Habib Ly, program manager and instructor in the department of community development and outreach at Capilano University
    • Zhaoyi (Joyce) Xie, business owner in Gibsons
    • Geraldine Guilfoyle, born in Ireland, immigrated to Canada in 1981 and currently lives in Squamish. She has been a board member with Squamish Multifaith Association since its incorporation in 2011
  • Diversity and Equity - Jan. 25
    • Izumi Inoue, a Whistler resident who is passionate about creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community
    • April Struthers, management consultant
  • Immigration - Jan. 31
    • Diana Chan, owner and operator of Moguls Coffee House and Zogs Eatery
    • Karen Elliott, Mayor of Squamish
  • Belonging - Feb. 1
    • Yin Xzi Ho, author of Home is Here


The news release noted that these are just some of the confirmed panellists so far.

Mohammad Aljamous, a multicultural outreach and programs worker at the Whistler Multicultural Society, said it is very important that these conversations are happening in communities.

“It is a crucial time for our community members, neighbours, business owners, and everyone to start having serious conversations about multiculturalism, diversity and equity, immigration, and belonging. I hope that people know the importance of learning about these four topics and get more involved in the issues and lives of the community surrounding them.”

The series is presented by the Whistler Multicultural Society, with the Whistler Welcome Centre, Pemberton Multicultural Network, Squamish Welcome Centre and Sunshine Coast Welcoming Communities. Funding is provided by Canadian Heritage and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

For more information about the events or to register, please visit