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Welcome to Kingston Night

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Whether you’re new to Kingston, returning to your hometown or just looking to grow your network come and join us. KEYS Job Centre are hosting monthly virtual Welcome Nights on the last Thursday of every month.

The event will be structured as 15 minutes conversations in groups of 4 people before rotating the groups. Giving you the chance to meet a range of different people. This is a great opportunity to meet some new people and build your network in Kingston at a time when socializing for many is on hold.

For this event we want to support local so we have partnered with Spearhead Brewing Company to provide all attendees with an exclusive promo code for 15% off of all orders, join us on January 28th from 7pm- 8:30pm and try out some great local products.

You must be registered on Eventbrite in order to receive the Zoom information and the promo code. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/.../welcome-to-kingston-virtual...

For any questions please contact chrisl@keys.ca

Virtual Book Launch - Yara's Spring

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4:00pm - 6:00pm


On Thursday January 28 2020, from 4pm to 6pm, InSight and the New Horizons Newcomer Youth Peer-Mentoring group, in collaboration with Newcomers Empowering Business, will host a Book Launch over Zoom featuring the authors of a newly released book, Yara’s Spring.

* Meet the renowned authors: Jamal Saeed and Sharon E McKay
* Readings and reflections from local newcomer youth and a local Syrian poet
* Door prizes
* And more…

This book is a thrilling, not-so-fictional account of a young woman escaping the Syrian Civil War in 2015.

Yara’s Spring came about as a collaboration between the two authors, Jamal Saeed and Sharon E. McKay and is a testament to the strength and beauty that comes through interculturalism. As Sharon writes:
“The more diverse voices, the more original stories, the stronger we will all be”

Jamal Saeed is a renowned Syrian writer, poet and novelist who arrived as a refugee in Kingston in 2016. He has been involved in the Kingston arts community over the years, and a participant in Newcomers Empowering Business, specifically offering Intercultural Intelligence workshops to volunteers. He is currently engaged in other writing projects, but Yara’s Spring is his Canadian publication.

Sharon E. McKay is an award winning Canadian young adult author, who’s published many books that feature youth living in conflict zones. “I had been to refugee camps on the Syrian border, interviewed many (list in acknowledgements) and had experience with resettling Syrian families,” says Sharon, “But it wasn’t until I met Jamal that the story came together... We decided to write a book – together,”

This event will include readings and reflections from local newcomer youth, and from Syrian poet (and Jamal’s wife) Rufaida Alakahbaz, and is a chance to meet the authors, and engage in a conversation that is sure to be unforgettable. There will be exciting “door” prizes, including copies of the book and more!

You don’t have to read the book to be a part of this exciting event, but if you’d like to purchase a copy, or learn more, you can do so at Kingston’s local, independent bookstore, Novel Idea. You can also purchase copies for home delivery directly through the publisher Annick Press (https://www.annickpress.com/Books/Y/Yara-s-Spring).

A Zoom link will be sent to all participants closer to the event date, so please register by sending an email to insight@keys.ca, or by phone at 613-546-5559 ext. 345.


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Upcoming Events / Workshops



Welcome to Kingston Night

DATE(S) AND TIME(S): Thursday, January 28, 2021, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: virtual

Virtual Book Launch - Yara's Spring

DATE(S) AND TIME(S): Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

WHERE: virtual

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