Many might not be aware that Tuesday, March 21st is a day of importance to many immigrants and those in Canada who welcome them.

It's the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and this will be the first time Okotoks has taken part in celebrations.

Foothills Community Immigrant Services and the Baha'i Community Faith have partnered up to educate and celebrate multiculturalism in the Foothills.

Nancy Risdon with F.C.I.S says there will be free food involved.

"It's going to be an international pot-luck meal!" Risdon adds "This is a free event, all we ask for people to bring is just one food dish, we're hoping to get dishes from all over the world because that's a great way to learn about different cultures."

Risdon adds there will be some 'celebrity' speakers as well incoluding local mother gone viral from Okotoks, Dianne Doyle-Lynch.

"We reached out to her through social media and she responded right away and was excited to be a part of this.  She's even jumped onto the organizing band wagon, she's going to be telling her story at the event."

Nancy says this is first time that F.C.I.S or their partners at the Baha'i Community Church have done anything like this so they're hoping for a good turn out.  

They are asking those who are planning on coming to call ahead to help them plan for the numbers and ensure there is enough food for everyone, but it's not a requirement.

"We're just going to see how it works out this year," she says. "This is the first time we've done it and we're hoping lots people come including some of our immigrant clients, our volunteers, community partners and community members as well."

To contact organizers call (403) 938-4699.

The event takes place at the Foothills Centennial Centre on Tuesday March 21st, and it will start at 6 P.M.

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