“Meet Your Neighbours” is a series of programs where families affiliated with IDI invite guests to their homes to have dinner together.  In these programs, families meet, greet, and create a joyful family atmosphere. Families also maintain good relations with their neighbours, regardless of what their religion, beliefs, culture, or race may be.

The purpose behind these programs is to build bridges between communities and experience intercultural interactions. Through these experiences, exchange of ideas, tolerance, development of new forms of dialogue and new friendships are gained. This brings about kindness, respectfulness, generosity and above all else cultural harmony. These programs are about sharing a great time together in a learning environment with the preparation and eating of good foods.

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IDI Edmonton hosted a meet your neighbor even on July 7 2014 with volunteers of IDI Edmonton who opened up their home to us along with other guests for Iftar (fast breaking dinner). A traditional Turkish meal was prepared and served, beginning with a soup appetizer, followed with an eggplant main course numerous sides, which was followed with sweet desserts and traditional tea. This being most of the guests first time in Turkish family home, they were honored to have been invited and pleased with the delicious flavors of the dinner.

As the evening progressed topics surrounding the Edmonton Turkish community, interculturalism and future/upcoming IDI Edmonton events were discussed. As the conversation developed, the underlying thoughts that emerged were on the importance cross-culturalism with in multicultural societies such as Canada. A guest noted interest in the fact that IDI promotes culturalism through dialogue conversation and learning. He states that, “it’s important we have these conversations in Canada. The more we have them the more we find we have in common. Relationships are built on common ground”. IDI couldn’t agree more. Through dialogue and conversation contributions to cross cultural awareness are made. This is essence is why IDI Edmonton aims to host meet your neighbor events regularly.