March 25, 2023

Nineteen refugee and immigrant women from Waterloo Region will share their experiences on May 26 in a presentation entitled Quilt of Stories.

During a 12-week writing and performance workshop facilitated by local professional artists, the women each developed a personal narrative. They then worked collaboratively to bring their individual stories together into a cohesive presentation to be shared publicly at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb. St. W. in Waterloo, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The event is being hosted by the International Migration Research Centre.

Lamees Al Ethari, co-ordinator consultant and a professor at the University of Waterloo who teaches creative writing and academic writing, says the whole idea started when fellow professor Carrie Anne Snyder contacted her and they started co-ordinating the X-Page.

“The idea was to write stories and create a script and perform them.”

Everyone is invited to attend the presentation and listen to real stories. A reception will follow.

Although the event is free, registration is required. For tickets click here.
Free parking will be available in the CIGI parking lot, which is accessible off Father David Bauer Drive.

Lamees Al Ethari, a University of Waterloo professor and the co-ordinator consultant of Quilt of Stories, says 19 refugee and immigrant women wrote stories, created a script and will perform them on May 26. Photo by Manija Hamidullah

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