No matter the temperature outside, warm hearts will welcome all at the semi-annual Newcomers Night being held Monday, Feb. 3 at The Club, 204 5th Ave from 6 to 8 p.m.
Since 2016, Cochrane Immigrants Services Committee has held the gathering to introduce new people to the community, whether they are from a different community or are new to the country. Services providers will be in attendance to provide information. There's also music, snacks, children's activities, and prizes.
"It's also a platform for people to meet other people who are likewise new to the town," says Singh Palwinder, better known as Paul. "We've had great turnouts since 2016, so I imagine it will continue to grow in the coming years."
Paul, who has been in the community for six years, says the event is special.
"Once you get into there, everybody has kind and warm hearts to welcome you."
Committee co-chair Fleeha Ahmad, who is also coordinator for Rocky View Immigrant Services, says this is one of the many events hosted by the committee's volunteers.
"It's a very passionate committee. We want to involve newcomers, and newcomers means new to Cochrane or new the country, it doesn't matter, in the community. I feel that when you're involved in the community, you feel part of a community."
The immigration committee will also be formally presenting their first scholarship to Jean Emperado. They plan to award two more in the fall.
Newcomer Night is free of charge, and all are welcomed.
The immigrant committee hosts several other events. Upcoming is a fundraiser on Mar. 5, citizenship ceremony on Aug. 22, followed by their second Culture Fest later in the fall. They also host Mingle and Jingle Over Soup on Christmas Day.