The Care for Newcomers annual Learn to Skate is coming up on January 4th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Bower Ponds. 

This year marks our eleventh year of the ‘Learn to Skate’ program. The program is offered free of charge to immigrants and refugees and all equipment is provided for them. It is always a fun afternoon of learning basic skating skills, enjoying the outdoor atmosphere at Bower Ponds, and meeting new people.  

‘Learn to Skate’ event plan  

On January 4 our event program will be an informal opportunity for newcomer youth and their families to practice skating outdoors at Bower Ponds. Several Volunteers will be skating around and offering a helping hand. Fitting and tying skates will take place indoors in the Fireside room which will also be used as a place to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.  

Learn to Skate will also be a kick-off to the start of a weekly skating program for youth. This program is called ‘Friday Youth Skate Night’ and is targeted to middle and high school aged youth (both newcomer and Canadian). This program will be held at the Bower Place Community Association Rink (85 Boyce Street) every Friday starting in January to March from 5pm – 8pm. In addition to skating, there will be indoor games, a fire, and hot chocolate. This is a great opportunity for newcomer & Canadian youth to come together and have something fun and safe to do on Friday evenings after school. 

Care for Newcomers would like to thank everyone who has helped make this event possible: The City of Red Deer, RCMP, Hockey Alberta, Red Deer Speed Skating Club, Bower Place Community Association, Bower Ponds & many more community volunteers. 

About the ‘Learn to Skate’ event 

The ‘Learn to Skate’ event was started in 2012 at the request of a newcomer student who really wanted to learn how to skate. Many immigrant youth feel too embarrassed to attempt skating with their Canadian peers and this program gives them the space and time to practice with other youth who are also only beginning to learn. Each year the youth express how thankful they are to have been given the opportunity and how much fun they had.  

About CARE for Newcomers 

Formerly known as Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.), Care for Newcomers is a newcomer settlement agency based in Red Deer, Alberta. For over 40 years. Care for Newcomers has supported the successful settlement of all newcomers to Canada by providing a variety of services and programs. Our office is located at #202, 5000 Gaetz Ave, Red Deer and more information is available online at