“We’ve had a couple of potlucks since I’ve been there where there were 15-20 different countries represented in the food alone, so that’s kind of nice,” said PAMC executive director Shayne Lazarowich, who has been with the PAMC for about a year.
The PAMC is holding the event as a way to kick off Saskatchewan Multicultural Week, which will run until Nov. 25.
“We decided to have a potluck and a little bit of a celebration to let people know about that week,” Lazarowich said, noting that it is completely open to the public.
“We want to reach out to the community and make ourselves more visible,” Lazarowich said. “And doing that will hopefully allow our clients, who are going to be there as well, to do some networking and meet more people in the community and bridge gaps.”
Those who attend are asked to bring a dish that represents their cultural backgrounds.
“The idea is about exchanging different foods and people sharing different foods from different cultures,” Lazarowich said, noting that the food will be added to the buffet. “We have the utensils, plates – everything’s there. All we ask is that people bring a dish and share.”
The PAMC potlucks have attracted about 30-40 people in the past, according to Lazarowich. While he said the PAMC would not be holding any other events for Multicultural Week, Lazarowich noted that the potluck is truly meant as a way to create awareness and kick the week off.
“It’s a way of making people aware that the week actually is designated by the government as Multicultural Week, and there may be other events going on in Prince Albert, but I’m not totally sure about that yet,” he said. “I’m going to look into it this next week and see what else other people are doing.”
The dinner will take place at 1 p.m. at the PAMC.