You don't need to be a mathematician to know that MOSAIC + tai chi = 30X30.
MOSAIC is a Vancouver-based, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting new immigrants and refugees settle and integrate into Canadian society.
In May, MOSAIC answered nature's call by joining the David Suzuki Foundation's 30X30 Nature Challenge, with 105 staff members, seniors and tai chi "sifu" (master) An Lian joining the 30-day initiative.
With the help of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver, MOSAIC seniors joined David Suzuki Foundation staff, elders and volunteers to wrap up their first 30X30 season at a one-hour tai chi meet.
MOSAIC was founded in 1976 with a mandate to help new immigrants and refugees ease into their new lives in Canada. The organization has encouraged and helped new Canadians meet and mingle with local communities, bringing newcomers into the Canadian fabric, in keeping with its full name: Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities.
Khim Tan is MOSAIC's senior manager for settlement programs. In its spring 2015 newsletter Reach Out! To Newcomers, Tan wrote: "Empowering newcomers is our work so we constantly seek such opportunities to take the lead. We believe our clients do know what is best for their communities and that they do have the capacity to better their communities."
By bringing tai chi to the 30X30 Nature Challenge, MOSAIC is also helping to ensure multiculturalism is an integral part of the green movement.
As the David Suzuki Foundation celebrates five years of multicultural public engagement work this fall, we will welcome more progressive partners like MOSAIC to our movement to build sustainable and diverse communities.