Friday, 09 February 2018 14:30

Brooks’ Winter Family Fun Day Feb. 10

Written by  Ryan Dahlman
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Winter fun means playing in the snow and after the storm which hit southern Alberta earlier this week, there is ample amounts of the white stuff on the ground.

For many newcomers in the Brooks and County of Newell, not knowing what activities there are may be a little daunting or even for the seasoned winter veteran, finding new activities for the family may be challenging.
On Feb. 10, the Brooks and County Immigration Services (BCIS) staff and volunteers will be hosting a Winter Family Fun Day at Duke of Sutherland Park from 2-5 p.m.
Gurpreet Gill, the volunteer coordinator of BCIS, says organizers wanted to do something fun that would encourage families to come out as a group, get some exercise, fresh and enjoy some fun.
Gill says it had been tried before and was suggested by one of her co-workers. She says he thought the new families would like to experience some winter culture.
"Most of the (newcomers') experience is with summer-like activities, but want to experience the winter too," Gill explained. "Those I have talked to, they are looking for to the Canadian experience.
"It's important to try something to have fun in a Canadian winter. It will be a new experience for many of them."
Amongst the Feb. 10 activities are horse drawn sleigh rides, outdoor bowling and snow golf as well as some other supervised activities.
Linda Slomp has helped as one of the main organizers of the afternoon and Gill adds her team of BCIS volunteers are 100 per cent ready to go and are very excited.
Gill also gives credit to BCIS Service Manager Mohammed Idriss for BCIS willingness to get involved and contribute time and effort to making the event happen.
If you can, try to pre-register by call Gill at 403-362-0404.
BCIS is funded by the federal government's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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