July 5, 2018 – Venezuelan Independence Day
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Venezuelan community on the occasion of Venezuelan Independence Day.
On July 5, 1811, seven of the ten provinces belonging to the Captaincy General of Venezuela adopted The Venezuelan Declaration of Independence, thus breaking away from the Spanish Crown. The territory became known as The American Confederacy of Venezuela and marked the birth of the first independent nation in South America.
Venezuelan Independence Day is a public holiday and is celebrated with parades and fireworks.
I have worked closely with the Canadian Venezuelan Diaspora with respect to the protection of human rights and the democratic process in Venezuela. In 2013, I traveled to Venezuela as an Official Election Observer authorized by the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, to witness the Presidential election.
The present conditions in Venezuela have me gravely concerned and I am looking forward to return of democracy in the country.
Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths. Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.
As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.