The Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association (FSMA) honored ten years of neighborhood support on Saturday, July 25.
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During the celebration, dozens of supporters attended an afternoon of multicultural singing, dancing, and speeches in Legacy Park.
Former Fort Saskatchewan MLA Jacquie Fenske served as emcee for the afternoon, which included speeches from Fort Saskatchewan Mayor Gale Katchur, FSMA President Jennifer Ribeiro, FSMA founder Lana Santana, Associate Minister of Status of Women and MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, and Elder Gary Gairdner.
In order to foster a greater sense of belonging and wellbeing among our residents and newcomers, Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association has been promoting Welcoming and Inclusion as part of our policy and has been raising awareness of the vital need for us all to embrace this policy, said FSMA founder Lana Santana during her address.
“Over the past fifteen years, this community has become much more diverse, yet cultural differences shouldn’t keep us apart from one another.
What it ought to accomplish is bring a sense of solidarity that would be advantageous to our neighborhood.
We could only do this if we recognize the distinctive differences we all have.
The fantastic array of cultural performances that took place on the bandshell stage throughout the afternoon echoed this mood.
Indigenous dancer Boomer Keetawin and his brother Ryu Yookoo, a Japanese guitarist and singer, contemporary dancers Katelyn Mickhana, Tayana, and Casey, Kirsteen Mahawan, Noreta Lewis-Prince, Wajo Drummers, and the Hawaiian dancers of the Pacific Island Dance Troupe all gave performances for the occasion.
Santana expressed his happiness that, with your help, “we, together, are part of developing a stronger community and are playing an integral role in diversity and inclusion.”
“My goal is to assist in removing any obstacles to a better world as we uplift and encourage the next generation. Because of our advocacy for inclusiveness, peace, and understanding, our community would improve.
This is a gift to all residents of this city and the neighboring areas, and it is a huge step toward creating a cohesive society.