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.
“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.”