Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Learn about different cultures

Tina Fielding

Tina Fielding and Trudy Reimer

Southern Alberta communities have very diverse culture groups. There is no need to travel around the world to encounter a culture different from your own! Instead, go to a community event, greet your neighbour, share a seat on the bus with a stranger, or smile at a passerby. Chances are you have just encountered a different culture.

Not only are we fortune enough to learn about other cultures, we are able to share our own. We have so much to learn from each other. Often we look at situations and make judgements based on our own perspectives or out of ignorance, but how often do we think to “put ourselves in the other person’s shoes”? That can be hard when we don’t understand where they are coming from. Beliefs, customs, family, history, and past experiences are only a few factors that shape who a person is. When the time is taken to get to know these things, it can be very rewarding!

Trudy Reimer

How can we get to know other cultures?
  1. Ask questions! What are important traditions in your family? How do you celebrate holidays? 
  2. Share about yourself. If you are getting to know someone, tell them about you! They may be more likely to open up if you are willing to do the same. 
  3. Learn their language. If another language is spoken, learn a few greetings or phrases that are commonly used. In turn, help them learn the language you speak. You may enjoy a few laughs!
  4. Share a meal. Make it a potluck style where you both bring tasty dishes. 
  5. Be respectful. Even though we may not believe or value the same things, set aside your differences and show respect. 
  6. Show kindness. Kindness is spoken louder through actions than words. It doesn’t have to be a large gesture; it doesn’t have to be complicated. Just be kind. 
These are only a few examples; there are so many other things you can do. Get creative!

If you would like to learn more about different cultures, you are welcome to attend a workshop in Taber on April 14. You will learn about the Low German Mennonite, Filipino, First Nations/Metis/Inuit, and Syrian Cultures. Cost is $20 and includes a lunch. It will be at Luigi’s Pizza & Steakhouse from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information or to register please call 403-223-1169 or e-mail registration

Or if you would like to have a Low German Mennonite Cultural Presentation at a different time, please contact Trudy or Tina at 403-330-7552.

Trudy Reimer and Tina Fielding are Community Health Representatives with Alberta Health Services who provide supports to the Low German Mennonite community. They can be reached by e-mail: or

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