IRCOM’s 30th Summer Celebration

Come Join us in Celebrating 30 years

IRCOM is a one-of-a-kind place! We are a mini-United Nations, with 23 different nations represented in our 2 buildings. We help re-create a sense of community and belonging for refugee newcomers to Canada. Join us for a 30-40 minute tour of IRCOM Ellen, where it all began. IRCOM Ellen was built by South-East Asian refugee communities who mobilized to address a pressing need – housing. 30 years later, we have two residential sites and provide safe, affordable, transitional housing plus holistic, wrap-around supports to 111 newcomer families in Winnipeg.

Following the tours is our Annual Celebration; with food, music and activities for the family.

Tours From 2PM to 4PM

Sign up for Tours here

  • Walk and talk (stairs and elevators available)
  • Videos and posters from the “30 Stories of Migration” will be shown on the tour – short interviews with past tenants, board members and staff – highlighting 30 years of newcomers to Winnipeg finding home again.
  • See what a tenant’s suite looks like
  • Breathe in the beauty of our community gardens
  • Learn about our holistic model – every member of the family receives services to suit their needs and to recognize their strengths
  • Hear about exciting new services being planned (Employability for adults and teens, expansion of our Homework Program and more!)
  • End your tour by taking a photo or selfie at our 30th Anniversary Photo Booth!

Join the Fun from 4 to 8 PM

  • Traditional opening ceremony by Cultural Advisor John Houle
  • DJ Dawit
  • Giveaways for audience members
  • Trio Bembe (Latin music from around the world!)
  • Drumming workshop (30 drums!)
  • Grade 12 Scholarships
  • Ladies of Rwanda Dance Group
  • Traditional musicians from various countries

And More!

  • Children’s Carnival Games and prizes, plus Arts n Crafts
  • Giant games – Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Operation!
  • Snapchat Geofilter (a special Snapchat filter that can only be used at the event, specially created for our 30th)
  • Photobooth
  • Book tent
  • Cotton Candy
  • Face painting and henna
  • Winnipeg Trails Association bike repair and road safety obstacle course (will you pass?)
  • Food for our tenants, staff and volunteers, and as many guests as we can feed
  • World map, map your journey to Canada!
  • 30 Stories of Migration Live Stream Launch and Exhibit (created by Mark 1T Consulting)
  • Giant photo of our 30th Anniversary Mosaic, created by our talented tenants, guided by local artist Dimitry Melman Komar
  • And hundreds of IRCOM tenants, staff and volunteers!

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