PAGE 10 M A G M A ’ S C U L T U R A L C H O R D S S E A S O N A L F UN MAGMA MEETS SANTA! MAGMA participated in this year's Santa Claus Parade with a walking group composed of happy families, staff, and friends of the association. It was a beautiful night for a walk, and the wind helped us look even more colourful by helping our flags fly high! Our float looked even more animated thanks to the presence of Moncton’s Lebanese Association, lots of happy Syrian families and their children, a few young members of the Guinea Association, members of the Indo-Canadian Association, and the Greater Moncton Chinese Association’s float just in front of ours leading the way with their colourful display of lights, lanterns, and adorable pandas! Check out some photos from our parade, taken by our talented volunteer photographers Stephen Conrad and our very own Bev Waddell-Nelson! Special thanks to the staff at La Bikery and at Long & McQuade who outfitted us with an awesome tricycle for us to transport our DJ, as well as a portable speaker to bring the world’s Christmas music to the streets of Moncton!
PAGE 11 M A G M A ’ S C U L T U R A L C H O R D S H O L I D A Y C E L E B R A T I O N S HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Santa Claus took a day off work preparing for the Holidays to stop in to our Care for Newcomer Children centre to say hello to our little ones and deliver some early Christmas presents, colouring books, and hugs! For many of them, this was their first ever encounter with Santa, and though a couple of them were a wee nervous at first, they were all happy to see Santa and have a picture taken with him. Even some of our staff got to be kids for a minute to sit on Santa's lap and share their wish list with him! HOLIDAY RECEPTION & COUNCIL MEETING Thank you to those who attended our Council Meeting and Holiday Mixer on December 11th at the Peace Centre Forum and Atrium. At the meeting, we had the opportunity to hear from the Board of Directors’ chair, Vinay Wadnikop; from our Executive Director, Chantal Poirier; and from MAGMA’s past president, Mike Timani, to walk us through our year in review. Their presentations addressed topics such as operational updates, challenges, and achievements, and our recent trend towards positive and continued growth as an organization. A key highlight of the night was that thanks to our funders’ support, our Settlement Team is now as large as the entire organization was just seven years ago! We are constantly expanding our range of services and programs, and are pleased to see how receptive and collaborative our community partners have been. As our guest of honour, Mayor Dawn Arnold, would say, we are all working together to move Moncton forward! This was a great opportunity to mingle, and to wish our board, council, and staff members happy holidays, and a wonderful start to 2018!