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Annual Welcome BBQ | An Intercultural Gathering for All!

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Welcome to the 11th Annual Welcome BBQ

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: South Commons, Halifax

Free family event with entertainment, games, food and music! Free BBQ while supplies last. Bringing newcomers and current residents together to build relationships and make connections.

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Thank you to our sponsors:

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SMU logo

O'Regan's Logo

Dalhousie University

Councillor Tony Mancini - District 6 - Harbourview - Burnside - Dartmouth East

Councillor Waye Mason - District 7 - Halifax South Downtown

Councillor Jennifer Watts - District 8 - Halifax Peninsula North

Councillor Lorelei Nicoll - District 4- Cole Harbour - Westphal

Councillor Steve Craig - District 15 - Lower Sackville


Boyne Clarke


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Halifax Library logo

Halifax Partnership logo

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Immigration Francophone


Immigration Association of Nova Scotia

KDU logo

Halifax water logo

Parks Canada logo

Pier 21 logo

G-AIM logo

Clearwater logo

HIAA logo


Frontier College logo

Humaniti Cafe logo

Cole Insurance

Bounty print logo

Sobeys logo

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At the Welcome BBQ

On Sunday, August 30, 2015, a diverse group of approximately 2000 newcomers and current residents enjoyed the Annual Welcome BBQ on the South Commons. Everyone had an amazing time laughing, eating great food, and listening to invigorating music.

The Chronicle Herald described the event as “ A kaleidoscope of people from across faiths, cultures and ethnic backgrounds broke bread, played games and enjoyed music together Sunday afternoon at Halifax Regional Municipality’s 10th annual welcome barbecue for newcomers.”

A sample of the fare at this free, family event was hotdogs, fresh corn, sweet potato, and cake, all served by volunteers!

Enthusiastic residents enjoyed the sights and sounds of cultural music and dancing from the Multicultural Dance Group, and singing in French and other languages. There was also plenty to do for the kids such as face painting, soccer, badminton, parachute games and free books!

The Welcome BBQ is planned and delivered each year by a committee representing many organizations that serve newcomers in our region.

At the Welcome BBQ