RCMP Host Skate Day for Syrian Refugees

684
RCMP Step Up to Teach Syrian youth one of the Canadian traditions... ice skating
RCMP Step Up to Teach Syrian youth one of the Canadian traditions... ice skating
RCMP Step Up to Teach Syrian youth one of the Canadian traditions... ice skating
RCMP Step Up to Teach Syrian youth one of the Canadian traditions… ice skating

CALGARY – LIFE – The RCMP hosted a Newcomer Ice Skate for more than 100 Syrian refugees of all ages. The newcomers hit the ice to learn a favourite Canadian pastime – ice skating. The event took place at Vivo for Healthier Generations, a leading recreation centre in north central Calgary.

Under the watchful eye of an RCMP officer the youth learn the basics
Under the watchful eye of an RCMP officer the youth learn the basics

“The RCMP wants to welcome newcomers and show them that police officers are friendly everyday people who live and work in their communities,” said Inspector Gord Sereda, RCMP Syrian Newcomer Working Group. “The Newcomer Ice Skate showcases the power of community partners coming together to welcome refugees.”

RCMP and Calgary Police Service officers were on hand to lace up skates. The officers taught the newcomers how to glide across the ice and the fine art of getting up after a tumble. The event was a success and a fun way for community members to meet.

The community outreach event came together with the help of partner organizations: Vivo for Healthier Generations, KidSport Calgary, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Catholic Immigrant Society, and the Muslim Council of Calgary.

Vivo, whose mission embraces diversity and community, donated the ice rink for the event. KidSport Calgary was on site with their Skate Shack and provided each newcomer with a pair of ice skates, a hockey stick, and a helmet for the afternoon.

“KidSport Calgary is excited to connect with our new community members and share how we can help with access to sports here in Calgary,” said Dayna Hyman, Manager of Events and Volunteers, KidSport Calgary. “We’re proud to help newcomers get acquainted with the iconic Canadian activity of ice skating.”

Previous articleSmelt Run a Sure Sign of Spring in Thunder Bay
Next articleChief Erwin Redsky Speech to Prime Minister Trudeau
NetNewsledger.com or NNL offers news, information, opinions and positive ideas for Thunder Bay, Ontario, Northwestern Ontario and the world. NNL covers a large region of Ontario, but are also widely read around the country and the world. To reach us by email: newsroom@netnewsledger.com Reach the Newsroom: (807) 355-1862