Celebrating diversity at CRHCC

Showcase to honour Latin, Acadian culture

Darrell Cole webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on February 5, 2014
Cumberland Health Authority Cultural Diversity and Social Inclusion Committee members (front, from left) chairwoman Dawn Ripley, Dr. Hilda Castro, (back, from left) Carolyn d’Entremont and Michelle Richard look over plans for the Cumberland County Diversity Showcase on Feb. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.
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Latin and Acadian culture will be celebrated on Feb. 19 when the regional hospital hosts a diversity showcase.

AMHERST – Latin and Acadian culture will be in the spotlight when the Cumberland County Diversity Showcase is held at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

“We have a lot of great things lined up for that day,” Dawn Ripley, chairwoman of the Cumberland Health Authority’s Cultural Diversty and Social Inclusion Committee, said. “We have a couple of bands, there’ll be some dancing as well as Acadian food and a variety of recipes.”

The event will run from 3 to 7 p.m. in the regional hospital’s cafeteria and will include a celebration of Latin American culture with live music, dancing and art between 3 and 5 p.m.

Joie-de-vivre will be showcased from 5 to 7 p.m. with toe-tapping Acadian music and stories of the past and present.

The Kilted Chef, Alain Bosse, will also be on hand for some food demonstrations, while there will be a buffet-style sampling of Latin American and Acadian cuisine from 4 to 6 p.m.

Bosse, a former manager of the Wandlyn Inn in Amherst, is president of Alain Bosse Consulting Ltd., food editor of Saltscapes Magazine, past president of Taste of Nova Scotia and an Atlantic Canadian culinary ambassador.

This is the second diversity showcase. The first was held in the fall of 2012 in a tent outside the hospital with First Nations and African Nova Scotian culture being celebrated.

“One of the purposes of the event is to bring the community into the hospital to see the facility and meet the staff in addition to seeing the culture that’s out there in our community,” committee member Ann Keddy said.

Ripley said the showcase will also help raise awareness of different cultures in the health-care community.

Darla MacPherson, the vice-president of community health, for the CHA, said the hospital wants to be welcoming to everyone and events such as the showcase should help eliminate barriers.

“We want to be welcoming to all people and be open to all people. We are told over the years that there are barriers to seeking services with us. We want to do everything we can to eliminate those barriers,” MacPherson said.


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