New Canadians try out local summer sports

  • Jul. 3, 2013 3:13 p.m.

The second annual Intro to Canadian Summer Sports event, hosted by the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE), was held Tuesday.

A collaboration between the City of Red Deer and CARE, the event allows newcomers to try their hand at such favourite sports as disc golf, ball hockey, flag football and slo-pitch among others.

It’s also a great way to introduce folks who utilize C.A.R.E. services to some summer programming, said Rachel Pinno, immigrant youth program coordinator at C.A.R.E.

“Some of the youth may have had an opportunity to try these at school, but others maybe have never tried playing slo-pitch or ball hockey. So it’s really fun to show them some sports we play in Canada in the summertime.”

Pinno said the program had also opened up to adults this year as well. “This year we also opened it up to any of the adult English learners at C.A.R.E.”

She also pointed out that one of the goals is to encourage folks new to the City to explore the parks and various facilities that encourage recreation and physical activity and greater community interaction.

“It’s a fun way to get people interacting, and language isn’t much of a barrier it comes to sports. Every culture has its own sports, and we just wanted to highlight a few that the participants maybe haven’t had much opportunity to play before.”

Looking forward, C.A.R.E. will be running the Immigrant Youth Summer Program for four days a week through the month of July. “We’ll be doing everything from a bike rodeo with the RCMP to going to see Sunnybrook Farms, Heritage Ranch. We try to highlight the community of Red Deer and the various things that are available to the youth and their families.”

It’s also a great way for the youth to practice their English speaking skills as well, she said.

In August, the focus turns to helping youth prepare for entrance into high school via some orientation programs. “August is a month of preparation and executing that program.”

And speaking of youth, a book featuring stories from City youth originally from other countries that was released this past winter continues to garner rave reviews.

Pinno and other C.A.R.E. staff helped the students with editing their pieces that were ultimately published in Steps Along Our Journey. And each are packed with the richness of learning of faraway cultures and the personal experiences of settling into a new life here in Red Deer.

Each story is also flanked by terrific, professionally-shot portraits of the youth as well. Feedback has been wonderful. Local schools feature the book in their libraries and it’s also available at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. There’s also a display at the MAG called Steps Along our Journey.

“It’s been unreal – the support of the community.”

For more information about Steps Along Our Journey, and the various programs C.A.R.E. offers, check out

Just Posted

Yellow Vests protestors take to Red Deer streets

Trudeau government’s immigration and oil industry policies denounced at rally

Rebels lose to Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-1

Tigers break Rebels’ three-game winning streak

Red Deer’s newest outdoor ice facility opens to the public next week

The speed skating oval at Setters Place at Great Chief Park will be open Dec. 17th

Exhibition explores the rich history and culture of Métis people

The exhibition is on display from Dec. 15th to March 10th at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

‘I practically begged’: B.C. woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Facebook reveals bug gave apps unauthorized access to 6.8 million users’ photos

It’s believed up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to Facebook Stories, private photos

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

New home for Calgary Flames estimated to cost up to $600 million

The city and the Flames are not yet talking on who will pay how much for a building to replace the Saddledome

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Most Read