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REPORTING · 23rd March 2011
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Multicultural Society held its annual potluck dinner on March 19th. This year, the Portuguese community was hosting the event. The event was packed full of Kitimat residents and several tables had to be set up so everyone had a place to sit.

Siccoro Gutierrez welcomed everyone and asked for a moment of silence for the people in Japan who are suffering because of the tragedy. Flags from all over the world were brought in by children from the community. Oh Canada and A Portuguesa were sung.

Raymond Raj, vice president of the Multicultural Society, explained the 21st of March is an international day to end racism which is why the Multicultural Society holds their dinner close to the day. Raj added this was the Kitimat Multicultural Society had been working in Kitimat for 35 years.

Ed Abrue, spoke on behalf on the Luso Association. Speaking to the multicultural society of Kitimat, he stated when he first came to Kitimat, there were more students learning to speak English then there were in the English Class.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan stepped up next. “It is always the highlight of the year for me to come to these multicultural groups,” said Monaghan.

She told the crowd the people from all over the world add to Kitimat’s flavour. She read a letter from the Minister of Citizenship, immigration and Multiculturalism. The letter thanked Kitimat for building a strong multiculturalistic Canada.

Monaghan expressed her mother loved Kitimat because: “’She had the world at her feet.’ And she did. Everybody would come and visit her from all of the different cultures and she loved that.”

The grace was given and the community ate. After the food, cultural dances from the world over entertained those gathered. The night ended with the breaking of a piñata.