For one day, residents and employees of Eagle’s Trace could take a walk around the planet right at the 71-acre campus where they live and work.
It all happened on Diversity Day, a celebration of worldwide culture that occurred at the Erickson Living retirement community on Nov. 7.
The showcase provided the opportunity for participants to display items that educated others about their unique ethnicities and countries of origin. Tables featured art, photos, historic items and food, along with music and story-telling.
Additionally, a lively and colorful fashion and talent show highlighted the festivities.
And a worldwide event it truly was. Attendees learned about the heritages of China, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines and more.
“Diversity Day was a celebration of the talents and enthusiasm of our residents and employees,” stated Vickie Antoine, director of human resources at Eagle’s Trace. “We are so proud of the creativity and thought they displayed in making their global cultures come to life, right here at Eagle’s Trace. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”
Dora Martinez agreed. A resident of Eagle’s Trace for four years with her husband, Oscar, Dora took advantage of Diversity Day to teach others about an important tradition from Mexico, Dia de los Muertos.
The holiday is a multi-day observance that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember and pray for loved ones who have passed away and support their spiritual journeys.
“I really enjoyed the Diversity Day event,” she said. “I was surprised to see so many countries represented with all of the conversation, delicious food and photographs. And it was a privilege to share a piece of my Mexican heritage with others.”
With more than 900 residents and 475 employees, Diversity Day also provided Eagle’s Trace a tangible way to honor its mission: we share our gifts to create a community that celebrates life.
“It is so valuable to learn from one another and respect each other’s backgrounds,” said Dora. “We love the feeling of inclusion and friendship at Eagle’s Trace.”
Diversity Day was sponsored by the Erickson Living Values Team of Eagle’s Trace.
Eagle’s Trace is a continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, situated on a scenic 71-acre campus in west Houston. For more information about Eagle’s Trace, visit EaglesTraceCommunity.com.