“The children love participating in this community-centred event,” says Ballal. “Dance provides young children with various benefits such as physical and cognitive development, social awareness and emotional maturity.”
Left to right: Dancers Shweta, Shreya, Calvin, and Prutha proudly wear their Tim Hortons Camp bracelets at New Canadians Centre
Through Bharathanatyam, the classical Indian form of dance the group will perform at the Multicultural Festival, Ballal says children are encouraged to express ideas which leads to a deeper understanding of their cultural background: “It builds their confidence and teaches them to empathize with people from other cultures as well," she says.
Presented by the New Canadians Centre (NCC) on Canada Day at Del Crary Park, the annual festival provides youth a great opportunity to perform in front of more than 10,000 people. “The event continues to grow and attract more performers, craft and food vendors every year,” says Yvonne Lai, Director of Community Development at the NCC.
“We are thrilled Tim Hortons is joining us as the Entertainment Sponsor for this year’s festival. Supporting youth to develop their talents, build skills and confidence is at the heart of our community development programs," adds Lai. "It’s wonderful to be working with Tim Hortons to encourage and empower youth to achieve success.”
From left to right: Tim Hortons store owners Chris Smith, Greg Blair, Erika Howe-Gallagher, Stu and Roberta Hubble; dancers Prutha, Calvin, Magna, Mithila, Shreya, Shweta and Nirupama
This family-friendly event celebrating community, diversity and inclusion runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Del Crary Park on Sunday, July 1st.