Volunteer fair to showcase Rimbey’s cultural diversity

By TREENA MIELKE

Rimbey’s first volunteer fair promises to offer a greater insight into what volunteerism is all about in Rimbey, as well as showcase the community’s cultural diversity.

“The fair, Feb. 24 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Rimbey Community Centre, will provide an opportunity for families and individuals to experience the rich culture, food and entertainment of ethnic groups in town and the surrounding community, while shopping around and finding the type of organization that best suits one’s skills and schedules,” said Lindell Ryan, volunteer centre manager.

“It’s a networking idea and will allow non-profit organizations and groups to promote their services, recruit volunteers and network with other non-profit/voluntary sector organizations.”

She said Rimbey has more than 100 volunteer groups and each plays a vital role in keeping the town vibrant and alive.

To encourage participation and, hopefully draw a large crowd, the fair will feature a multicultural theme, dedicated to celebrating Rimbey’s cultural heritage.

“We want to show how we embrace diversity and the strength that comes from involvement of those from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives,” said Ryan.

As food is an important part of different cultures, a variety of ethnic foods will be sold at the event. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Entertainment is also an important part of this year’s fair and will include the African Choir from Central Alberta African Centre and a native performance by Blackpowder Teachings Inc. who will share their history through songs, drums and dancing.

Face painting will also be available for the children.

Funding for the fair, which is sponsored by the Rimbey Volunteer Centre, has been made available through the Community Spirit Program.