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World Refugee Day Event 2024

June 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm


The event will focus on fostering meaningful dialogue to promote an understanding of the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. The agenda will include a greeting from Mayor Gondek, a short film, panel discussion, call-to-action and accompanying resource fair.


Film Screening: A screening of the film, “Struggling to Adapt: One Syrian Refugee Family’s Story” (20 minutes) by CBC The National features a look into a Syrian refugee family’s journey to adapt to life in Alberta, Canada.

Panel Discussion: A discussion (15 minutes) with subject matter experts from local support organizations, including:

  • Jill Edgington Kirby (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society)
  • Elliot Dewhirst (End of the Rainbow Foundation)
  • Besrat Tesfamariam (Immigrant Services Calgary)
  • Margaret Yu (Momentum)

Location: Central Public Library, Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall

Event Date and Time: Wednesday, June 19, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


  • 3:00 p.m. Doors open
  • 3:10 p.m. Opening remarks and address from Mayor Gondek
  • 3:40 p.m. Film screening
  • 4:10 p.m. Panel discussion
  • 5:10 p.m. Closing remarks/call-to-action


To help us plan for capacity, please RSVP to secure your seat at the event here.

Organizers: The World Refugee Day event is organized by Gateway, Calgary Local Immigration Partnership (CLIP) and the Calgary Public Library, in partnership with other partners celebrating global Refugee Week.


June 19
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Calgary Central Library
Calgary Local Immigration Partnership (CLIP)


Calgary Central Library
800 3 St SE
Calgary, AB Canada
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