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REPORTING · 5th April 2012
Walter McFarlane
It was a night of food, dancing and diversity when the Kitimat Multicultural Society held its yearly Multicultural Potluck Dinner on Saturday, March 31st. This year’s Dinner was hosted in conjunction with the East Indian Community of Kitimat.

Socorro Gutierrez, Kitimat Multicultural Society President welcomed everyone to the event. She thanked the members of the society for the work they do. Vice President of the Kitimat Multicultural Society, Raymond Raj told the crowd the Kitimat Multicultural Society is 36 years old.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan, who was adopted into the Sikh Society of Kitimat was asked to say a few words. She welcomed everyone and thanked the organizers for the work they have done.

She read a letter from the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism in Ottawa. The letter extended greetings to the Multicultural Society and the East Indian Community.

“’On behalf of Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, I would like to thank the organizers of this intercultural event for their dedication for building a strong and diverse Canada. As we gather to celebrate our Multicultural Community, we can take a moment to take a moment to appreciate the value of a diverse society and it is one of Canada’s greatest strengths as a peaceful and welcoming nation,’” read Monaghan.

“’By celebrating the beauty of our individual identities, we spread a positive message of tolerance and acceptance. Sharing our culture with others and likewise, taking part in the traditions of others is one of the joys we have as Canadians which we can share. We are a Nation of individuals who are able to honour the traditions of our heritage, while still belonging to a greater community which shares and promotes Canadian Values,’” read Monaghan.

Paul Chinna, Master of Ceremonies for the evening gave the people attending a brief history of India. Priest Sikh Sukhreet Singh gave the blessing and it was time to eat. As always, the food, prepared by local residents, and the entertainment were of the highest quality.

Included in the entertainment for the evening were many dancers, young and old, performing dances from India. The entertainment also included the Luso Canadian Children and Councillor Edwin Empinado’s Magic Act.