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Bridging Cultures is a series of monthly columns presented by the Multicultural Association of Pictou County (MAPC). Perhaps there are a few of you reading this column who have never heard of MAPC or some who may only know about the Multicultural Association from our annual festival. I thought I would kick off this first instalment by providing a bit of a background about the association.
So what is MAPC? The Multicultural Association of Pictou County is a volunteer based, nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote multiculturalism, assist newcomers to the area as well as be a bridge to connect people of all backgrounds living in Pictou County.
What does MAPC do? Throughout the year the Multicultural Association of Pictou County is host to numerous events. Two of MAPC's larger signature events are the annual Fusion Festival and a series of international cooking classes which take place twice a year. The cooking classes provide the opportunity for participants to learn how to prepare traditional foods from countries around the world. These classes are very popular with those who attend as it gives them the chance to savour foods they may have never tasted before. The Fusion Festival is another popular event hosted by the Multicultural Association. Celebrating its 6th year this September, the festival has something for everyone.....food, entertainment, activities for children and more. Other functions that MAPC has put on include a Spring Gala dinner, sports day activities such as bowling and curling, Christmas and Chinese New Year celebrations as well as community potlucks. MAPC is also a proud community supporter, having assisted organizations such as the Pictou County Christmas Fund, the Pictou County Food Bank as well as participating in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids.
Can anyone join MAPC and attend their functions? Absolutely! The Multicultural Association of Pictou County is open to everyone. We invite you to come out...enjoy the events..meet your neighbours and get involved in the association. There are many ways to be involved including members of the board, committee members or general volunteering for special events.
How can I find out more? The Multicultural Association of Pictou County has a web page which provides information about the group, events listings, photos and more. You can find us at www.multiculturalpc.ca We also have a Facebook group which hosts similar articles. If you wish to contact us via e-mail, you can write to info.MAPC@gmail.com to find out more information and to get added to our mailing list.
What's coming up?
International Cooking classes are returning for the month of May. On May 7th, our class will consist of local fare followed by Chinese cooking on May 14th and finishing with Japanese on May 21st. Classes are from 6PM to 8PM and are held at Trinity United Church in New Glasgow (MacLean Street entrance). Preregistration is required. These classes are almost full so please send an e-mail to info.MAPC@gmail.com to check on availability if you wish to attend. In case you miss the Spring session of international cooking classes, be sure to check back in the Fall when the next series of cooking classes will be announced.
The Multicultural Association will be hosting a Community Potluck and Annual General Meeting on May 28th from 6PM to 8PM. The potluck takes place at Trinity United Church in New Glasgow (MacLean Street entrance). Everyone is welcome to come out to this event and bring your favourite dish to share.
Doug Walsh is the Communications Officer for the Multicultural Association of Pictou County (MAPC).