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Busy season ahead for Fort McMurray Multicultural Association: Fort McMurray Today- Wednesday, November 6th 2013

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Fort McMurray Today- Wednesday, November 6th 2013

Busy season ahead for Fort McMurray Multicultural Association

Amanda Richardson

Hoping to be more visible and accessible to the public, Fort McMurray’s Multicultural Association will be hosting a number of events throughout November and December. MCA events kick off this weekend with the launch of the Health and Wellness workshop, held monthly by an Alberta Health Services dietician. “We’re going to talk about everything from how to chose the right diet for your kids and how to prepare good food that is healthy for their school lunches (and) what kind of things you should read on a can to know if there’s any chemicals in it,” said Mary Thomas, MCA executive director. The program runs in two parts, including the workshops in addition to grocery store tours, which take people on a tour of a local grocery store to discuss various food, nutrition and packaging facts with a registered dietician. The first workshop will be held Nov. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. and will discuss healthy choices, followed by the first grocery store tour, Nov. 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Save-on-Foods. A financial awareness workshop will be held Nov. 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at in the MCA boardroom at the First United Church, and a newcomers welcoming ceremony will be held Nov. 28 at Keyano College. “We’ll have a small ceremony there to welcome new citizens to Fort McMurray,” said Thomas. “They’re all from different cultures and different ethnicities, and we just want them to feel that they belong to this community.” In addition, MCA will also be hosting an event Dec. 10 for Human Rights Day, which will feature a workshop with Alberta Human Rights Commissioner Sushila Samy. “It’s a basic human right for every human being in Canada. It doesn’t matter which race or country they come from,” said Thomas, explaining the event is designed to inform everyone of what their rights are and will provide valuable information on how to deal with workplace and social discrimination. “It’s going to address practical issues people have faced and what solutions they have to deal with these issues. We want to be able to direct them to the right people and to be able to give them an avenue to address the problems they face.” The event is presented in partnership with the municipality, the Regional Advisory Committee for Inclusion, Diversity and Equality, and the Alberta Human Rights Commission from 3:30 to 9 p.m. in MacDonald Island Park’s Miskanaw South Ballroom. Dinner will be provided and everyone is welcome, free of charge. For more information, visit
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