On July 15, a bonding bash will be held at the Truro Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sandra Bonilla found it was difficult to make friends when she came to Truro from Columbia about eight years ago.
“I couldn’t speak English and I didn’t know many people here who could speak Spanish,” she said. “I’m part of the Truro International Ladies’ Group and know a lot of people in the Spanish community now.”
She met many people through her children, who adapted to a new country quickly.
“Things were pretty easy for me because I spoke English and my job is about making relationships,” said Esther Bejarano, who also came to Canada about eight years ago and works for the Y. “I’m from Mexico but I had been in the U.S. for a while. “I work with immigrants and some are in a difficult situation, but dancing and food bring people together. This is a way of creating a welcoming environment.”
The bash will include a variety of food from different cultures, a fashion show with women in traditional dress, dancing lessons, yoga, and nail and makeup stations.
Suzette Cameron, who works at the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre, will be modelling her own South Korean and Mexican clothing.
“We like to feel pretty and feel somebody cares, but the big things with this is developing friendships,” she said.
The event is free but space is limited so anyone planning to attend should do so as soon as possible by calling Suzette at 902-895-4295 or Esther at 902-899-4573.