Volunteers, ideas needed for the walk

Last year the Walk of Nations was held in June for the first time.  - Andrew Leong/file
Last year the Walk of Nations was held in June for the first time.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Folks gearing up for this year’s sixth edition of the Walk of the Nations need your fresh ideas.

Planning is underway for the event, hosted by Social Planning Cowichan in partnership with Cowichan Intercultural Society and Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship Society), and organizers are calling for new faces to help create another successful walk.

“We are always looking for fresh ideas and it is important to have different people from the community working on building this vision together,” said volunteer co-ordinator Emma Koch. “I know there are some great ideas out there that people may not have had the opportunity to share, so consider this an open invitation.”

This year’s celebration of the community’s diversity, a well-attended symbolic stroll of understanding, acceptance, respect, and compassion through downtown Duncan takes place May 31.

Last year more than 1,000 people took part.

Committee member Amanda Marchand figures they need about 30 more volunteers to make this year’s event work.

“There are so many ways for volunteers to help,” she said. “Volunteers are needed for the set-up team, the food and hospitality hosts, the cleanup crew, as stagehands and tear-down team.

“This is such a great way to work together to celebrate the strength and diversity of our community and we encourage participation from every walk of life in the valley. The more people come to support the day the stronger our community grows. Not to mention, it’s a lot of fun.”

Organizers are also looking for other contributions including food donations, sponsorships, tents, materials for kids stations and more.

For more information, email Emma Koch at

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