‘Learn to Skate’ is wrapping up its seventh year, an event that teaches young refugees and others that are new to the sport how to skate.

The Canadian tradition is something that the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E) members decided was a privilege that they should share with anyone that wants to learn.

Avery Acheson Intake and Settlement Manager for C.A.R.E said it isn’t just for newcomers though, anyone could take part.

“Our target group of course is newcomer immigrants and refugee youth but everyone is welcome to participate if they never learned to skate before and would like to learn and join in on the fun.”

The event started back in 2012 and is three days of teaching, practicing and having fun and this year will wrap up on December 4.

But that leaves one last opportunity to get out there, from 1-3pm at the Riverside Meadows Outdoor Rink.

“It’s all about helping newcomer youth that have recently arrived in Canada learn a Canadian winter sport and tradition,” says Acheson.

The three days of learning and practice typically helps around 50 newcomers learn to balance on the ice.

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