The results of last week’s Reykjavík Multicultural Council elections were announced yesterday. The Multicultural Council consists of seven council members and seven alternates which role is to act as representatives of the immigrant community for a two-year period. A total of 17 candidates ran for a seat on the council.
Those elected to the council are: Aleksandra Chlipala (Poland), Juan Camilo Roman Estrada (Columbia), Candace Alison Loque (the Philippines), Harald Schaller (Germany), Jessica Abby VanderVeen (the U.S.), Tung Phuong Vu (Vietnam) and Josephine Wanjiru (Kenya).
The alternates are: Godson U.O. Anuforo (Nigeria), Natalia Boyko (Russia), Ronald Surban Fatalla (the Philippines), Amir Mulamuhic (Bosnia), Luiza Klaudia Potuczek (Poland), Agnieszka Sienkiewicz (Poland) and Rey LeClerc Sveinsson (Puerto Rico).
The election was held alongside the second Reykjavík Multicultural Congress ‘Let’s Talk,’ which took place in the Reykjavík City Theater (Borgarleikhús) on Saturday. Around 100 people attended the meeting.
In his opening speech, Reykjavík Mayor Jón Gnarr said that the meeting was an important forum for immigrants and Reykjavík City to exchange ideas and for the City Council to gather information for improving services to immigrants.
The mayor’s speech was followed by a panel discussion with foreigners sharing their experiences of living in Iceland.
The purpose of the Congress, which included a number of round table discussions held in eight languages, was to gather information which can be used to improve service to immigrants living in Reykjavík.
The results of the discussions are currently being translated. Feedback and suggestions can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoë Robert/Iceland Review