A hoop dancer performs at last year's Diversity Health Fair.

A hoop dancer performs at last year's Diversity Health Fair.

Fair helps make health accessible

The Diversity Health Fair invites everyone to come out Friday for a day of health information and screening, interactive health displays, international food and entertainment and door prizes.

  • May. 11, 2011 11:00 a.m.

The Diversity Health Fair invites everyone to come out Friday for a day of health information and screening, interactive health displays, international food and entertainment and door prizes.

There will be more than 20 exhibitors and displays representing key health topics and translators on site. The day includes a chance to see food demonstrations and sample the results, try henna, yoga, and origami and let the children enjoy the kids’ corner.

“Some immigrants, and other people in the community, are not aware of all the health services there are. They may be held back because of language or cultural customs about health care,” said Tanis Farina, settlement counselor with the Vernon and District Immigrant Services Society, which sponsors the Diversity Health Fair.

She and Wendy Zarr, settlement counselor, are co-coordinators of the fair.

“This is our fourth fair and we have always had a very positive response to it. There will be entertainment all day and workshops in the afternoon. Because health is emotional as well as physical, we are sponsoring a workshop on social networking and cyber-bullying for elementary school children.”

Grade 4 and 5 students from Okanagan Landing and Mission Hill Schools will be taking part in the RCMP workshop and Global Education high school students will be volunteers at the workshop and with other events throughout the day.

The workshop will cover bullying, discrimination and racism.

“This is always a really exciting day and we like to see so many different community members of all ages interacting and getting to know each other. The interest keeps growing,” said Farina.

Everyone is welcome to the Diversity Health Fair (free admission) which takes place Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.