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Multiculturalism toasted at Toronto home
In honour of Black History Month, life enhancement assistant Genevieve Ezurike (pictured above at centre with red headscarf) recently organized a resident fashion show at Kensington Gardens that showcased clothing from her native Nigeria.
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Black History Month kicks off at Kensington Gardens
Friday February 10, 2012 -- Deron Hamel
In celebration of February being Black History Month, Kensington Gardens life enhancement assistant Genevieve Ezurike went the extra mile for residents at the Toronto long-term care home by bringing some traditional clothes from her native Nigeria for a fashion show.
Aside from being a great way to celebrate African culture and tradition, the event was also enjoyed by residents and staff members at the not-for-profit long-term care home, notes Ezurike.
This is the second time Ezurike has organized this event, which celebrates multiculturalism in the heart of one of the world’s most multicultural cities.
As part of the event, residents got to dress in the colourful clothing and show others the unique features, and Ezurike spent time teaching residents the cultural significance of the clothing.
The life enhancement assistant also showed residents a home video from her village, which included a celebration with traditional dancing and music. An African-style cake was made by the staff and residents and served while they watched and learned about the culture.
"It was fun for me and also fun for the residents — even some of the residents that (are often) bored, they were so happy to take part," Ezurike tells the Morning Report.
Additionally, a wall full of facts and historical people of African descent is on display throughout February for residents, staff and families to educate themselves about the importance of black history.
Everyone’s schedule at Kensington Gardens will be chockfull of activities highlighting Black History Month throughout this month and celebrations will be capped off with a party at the end of the month.
Ezurike applauds Kensington Gardens for encouraging activities that celebrate diversity.
"They have always promoted multiculturalism," she says.