Showcasing what Timmins has to offer

Welcome to Timmins Night takes place at the McIntyre Curling Club on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Welcome to Timmins Night returns on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the McIntyre Curling club to promote some of the non-profit organizations from the community. This photo was taken during a Welcome to Timmins Night event several years ago. Daily Press file photo

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Those wanting an taste of what Timmins has to offer will get that opportunity at the 26th-annual Welcome to Timmins Night.

It’s taking place at the McIntyre Curling Club on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Welcome to Timmins Night is an event that puts a spotlight on local non-profit organizations.

It is aimed primarily at newcomers to the city though many long-time residents attend, especially those who may want a refresher on what’s happening in the community.

Mike Scott, coordinator with the Local Immigration Partnership in Timmins which organizes the event, said the city in recent years has evolved into one that is more culturally diverse, and so this event has placed an emphasis on helping newcomers get more involved in the community.

“There’s definitely strength in diversity and I think the city needs to open its doors to more ideas and to more people,” he said.

Scott feels this event opens doors and enables people to become more engaged with local clubs and organizations.

There are 85 organizations that have registered for the event, though there are still a few days left for groups to sign up.

Scott said they are hoping to have about 100 organizations represented.

“The purpose of this event is to showcase all the organizations that are working to make the city a better place,” said Scott.

Many of the organizations registered for the event are involved in municipal services, social clubs, health, academic, sports and recreation and culture.

Scott said one new feature at this year’s Welcome To Timmins Night is a “world map on a wall so that people can identify actually where they are coming from, and we can get an idea about the diversity that Timmins does have.

“As a newcomer to Timmins it’s a definitely an amazing event to attend.”

There is no cost to though Scott said people are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or any canned goods which will be donated to the local food banks.

Scott said exhibitor tables are available at a fee of $30 per table and registration must be completed prior to Aug. 16.

 

 

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