Every year, Mithila Ballal’s South Asian dancers look forward to performing at the Multicultural Canada Day Festival. “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.”
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 empathise with people from other cultures as well. Performing in front of a large, diverse and encouraging community is a wonderful opportunity for the children, allowing them to share this art form, their love of dance and their culture with so many people.”
Presented by the New Canadians Centre (NCC) on July 1 at Del Crary Park, the annual festival provides youth a wonderful 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,” explains 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. It’s wonderful to be working with Tim Hortons to encourage and empower youth to achieve success.”
“We understand the NCC delivers programs that help to build life skills and prepare youth for future education and employment. We’re also committed to supporting youth as they grow and develop and focus on these goals.”
Long-time supporters of programs and camps dedicated to team-building and leadership training, Tim Hortons is equally excited about the opportunity to partner with the New Canadians Centre for the annual festival. “Our values in supporting and encouraging youth are very much aligned,” explains Erika Howe-Gallagher, Peterborough Tim Hortons Restaurant Owner. “We understand the NCC delivers programs that help to build life skills and prepare youth for future education and employment. We’re also committed to supporting youth as they grow and develop and focus on these goals.”
The Multicultural Canada Day Festival kicks off at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 1 in Del Crary Park. Join the New Canadians Centre and Tim Hortons and help in Bringing Communities Together.