Phil Norris spins the multicultural wheel at Discover Syria, to learn more about a different culture somewhere in the world. The wheel was split into various categories, such as holidays, religion and geography. Photos by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

Sylvan Lake event sparks cultural discussions

The Sylvan Lake Municipal Library held Discover Syria over the weekend

It was a busy weekend for the Sylvan Lake Municipal Library as it once again held Discover Syria for Sylvan Lake and surrounding areas.

The event was a partnership between the library and Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE_ and the Sylvan Lake Refugee Project.

The event this year was spread out over two days, with the main events and discussions held at the library on Oct. 27 and a viewing of the movie “My name is Khan” on Oct. 28.

The movie viewing at the Sylvan Lake Landmark was a sold out event.

“We are really happy with the turn out this year,” said Sadia Khan, public awareness coordinator with CARE.

She added the event on the Saturday was a little slower than it was last year, but that didn’t put a damper on the experience.

Many people from the area had the chance to talk with refugees and immigrants from Syria about their experiences and the transition to living in Canada.

Also, the event gave attendees the chance to learn a little about the Arabic language. Volunteers began to teach those who were interested about the differences in the languages with the aide of a few books.

Attendees were also given the chance to write a few words in Arabic.

“We have a few different things to take part in this year, and people seem to really be enjoying it,” said Khan.

The event brought in a small Middle Eastern feast, provided by Addy’s Middle Eastern Cuisine in Red Deer.

Those in attendance at the two-and-a-half-hour event were given the opportunity to try hummus, baba ghanooj, yallanji and falafel.

The showing of the movie “My name is Khan” also sparked questions and discussion following the movie. A few members from CARE and volunteers were available following the movie to answer any questions, to the best of their ability.

Admission to the movie was free thanks to the Town of Sylvan Lake Recreation Arts and Culture Grant.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Kathy Inglis receives a henna tattoo during Discover Syria on Oct. 27. While receiving the temporary tattoo, Inglis also learned it significance in Syrian culture and when they are worn.

Attendees learn about the Arabic language and discuss which sounds are hard for native English speaking persons, as the sounds don’t exist in the English language. Those in attendance were also given the chance to learn to write a few words in Arabic.

Just Posted

(Photo Submitted by the Gord Bamford Foundation)
Lacombe’s Gord Bamford to perform a virtual concert for a good cause

The concert aims to raise awareness for Operation Santa Clause

Alberta Health Services' central zone jumped from 162 active COVID-19 cases to 178 on Friday. Five additional deaths were reported provincewide, bringing the toll to 323. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
622 new COVID-19 cases set another daily high Friday

Province confirmed 622 additional cases Friday

File Photo
Sylvan Lake Town Council approves second attempt for downtown cannabis retail shop

Firestone Cannabis submitted a new application after their first was denied in August

Alberta children whose only symptom of COVID-19 is a runny nose or a sore throat will no longer require mandatory isolation, starting Monday.
477 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Alberta on Thursday

Changes being made to the COVID-19 symptom list for school-age children

Three young Sylvan Lake residents are asking for lights to be added to the walking trail system to make them safer and less scary at night. Photo by @workinonmyfitness72
Young Sylvan Lake residents ask for lights to be added to walking trails

Three young Sylvan Lake residents appeared before Council recently to present their ask

Over the years, Janice Blackie-Goodine’s home in Summerland has featured elaborate Halloween displays and decorations each October. (File photo)
QUIZ: How much do you really know about Halloween?

Oct. 31 is a night of frights. How much do you know about Halloween customs and traditions?

Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer
Five-year-old boy fighting cancer celebrates Halloween with reverse trick-or-treating in Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin Fire Department made a special stop for Dawson Jackson.

A man runs across the Carcross Dunes in Carcross, Yukon, on July 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘No manual or checklist:’ Yukon ditching fall time change this year

The territory decided to adopt year-round daylight time in March

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains makes an announcement regarding vaccine procurement, in Toronto, on Wednesday, Aug., 5, 2020. Despite its status as an artificial intelligence hub, Canada has yet to develop a regulatory regime to deal with issues of privacy, discrimination and accountability to which AI systems are prone, prompting calls for regulation from businesses and experts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Canada crawling toward AI regulatory regime, but experts say reform is urgent

5 million images of shoppers collected without consent at Canadian malls

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie "The Name of the Rose" at a news conference in London. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo/Gerald Penny, File)
Actor Sean Connery, the ‘original’ James Bond, dies at 90

He died peacefully in his sleep overnight in the Bahamas

(Photo submitted)
Rimbey resident avid author despite Parkinson’s

Wins more accolades for her writing

(Photo Submitted by the Gord Bamford Foundation)
Lacombe’s Gord Bamford to perform a virtual concert for a good cause

The concert aims to raise awareness for Operation Santa Clause

City of Wetaskiwin Mayor presenting the AUMA Above & Beyond Award to John Maude and Susan Quinn. Ren Goode/ City of Wetaskiwin.
Wetaskiwin County residents win the AUMA Above & Beyond Award

John Maude and Susan Quinn are being recognized for their role in Wetaskiwin’s sustainability.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday October 28, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Conversion therapy ban gets approval in principle, exposes Conservative divisions

Erin O’Toole himself voted in favour of the bill, as did most Conservative MPs

Most Read