Saturday, 26 September 2015

Cultural Diversity

Here I am at the ACCT (Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists) conference in Vancouver.
Our Hotel
I don't mind coming to this city once in a while but you would have to pay me lots of money to live here. I much prefer our little house in a little town where I can walk down main street in the middle of the day and not have to worry about traffic running me over.

It was a full day between our 4 hour drive here from Kelowna travelling on both the Coquihalla and Connector Highway, the highest point of which is at 5760 feet. For a while we were literally driving through the clouds. The conference started at 2 pm and went until 9 pm tonight but it was a good day of connecting and learning.

This year the theme is cultural diversity and today we were fortunate to have several First Nation speakers come and share their stories with us. Their passion, their pain, their spirit and their strength brought everyone to tears.

After supper we were entertained for over an hour by dancers who taught us about their cultural heritage through their songs and dances. We were privileged in that they even took the time to teach us how to dance and it was magic when everyone in the room joined in.

Tomorrow is another full day in conference followed by a few hours of travel to get a head start on our 18 hour drive back home.

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