“Immigrating to a new country requires significant adaptation. Immigrants leave a place where they know the unwritten rules and land in another place where society operates according to a different set of unwritten rules. We focus on invisible differences. Culture is often compared to an iceberg: with visible and invisible differences. Our focus is on the invisible. We help individuals understand why culturally different people interact professionally in ways that seem strange and wrong to them.” – Lionel Laroche
The Lethbridge Public Library Adult Literacy Program, Read On, is excited to host Lionel Laroche, a dynamic speaker who will present ‘Bridging the Cultural Gap’ at Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO) in Gym # 2. Lionel, whose work focuses on helping immigrants integrate into the Canadian workforce, and adapt to lifestyles in Canada says, “Immigrants often learn these unwritten rules and combine them with what they had learned back home to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. What does it take for immigrants to integrate into Canadian society? We’ll explore what immigrants and non-immigrants can do jointly to bridge the cultural gap in Canada.”
No registration is required for this free event; attendees are invited to bring a donation for the local food banks.
Lil Radley, Read On Coordinator, says: “We were excited to have Lionel accept our offer to bring his expertise to Lethbridge; the cultural diversity in our City is enriching, yet can be challenging for both newcomers and established residents. Finding solutions to the challenges that arise is not easy and having attended one of Lionel’s workshops previously, I know that anyone hearing his presentation will have a greater understanding of how culture affects behaviour in all aspects of life.”
Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., P.Eng, is the founder and principal of Multicultural Business Solutions Consultants. Born and raised in France, Lionel obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and then worked for P&G and Xerox. In both organizations, he was part of international teams that were experiencing significant challenges because of cultural differences. He decided to leave engineering and dedicate his professional life to helping immigrants. Over the past 20 years, he has written three books and facilitated workshops for over 75,000 people in 18 countries to help people learn how to turn the challenges that are often associated with cultural differences into a source of creativity and innovation.
Read On, Adult Literacy, offers 24 classes including different levels of conversation/speaking pronunciation, writing and computer skills, one-on-one tutoring and Canadian citizenship. This summer, Read On is offering a chance for individuals to improve their conversation skills by getting together at different playgrounds in the city.
ESL IN THE PARK will run on:
Tuesdays, June 6 – Aug. 8, Chinook Lake Park
Wednesdays, June 7- Aug. 9, Nicholas Sheran Park
Thursdays, June 8- Aug. 10 at Henderson Lake
Register by calling 403-320-4977.