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Calgary’s Vibrant Ethnic Mix

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Calgarys Vibrant Ethnic Mix

Add ethnic diversity to the long list of reasons why Calgary is a great place to live in. The economic surge of the past decade has become an open invitation for young people from other provinces and countries to migrate to Calgary and be on a hunt for good jobs. The result is Calgary can now boast of a strong multicultural base with more diversity than any other time in the city’s history. To put it in perspective, in 1959, only 1 in 350 Calgarians was a member of a visible minority. Today, that ratio is 1 in 5, and growing. By 2020, the city’s immigrant population is expected to grow to half a million people speaking 120 different languages.

The young settlers populating Calgary are well-educated, bilingual or trilingual, entrepreneurial and keenly interested in maintaining the quality of life here that we all love. There’s an abundant ethnic mix in all quadrants of the city. Large numbers of Filipino, Chinese, Indian and African immigrants have established themselves in neighbourhoods that reflect the rich societal and culinary influences of their respective groups. The ability to explore and share the delicacies and traditions of different cultures promotes tolerance and appreciation in any community. It helps to cut through the stereotypes and preconceived notions which are the basis for racism, and instead, create a milieu in which racial and cultural diversity is celebrated.

During the annual Calgary Stampede celebration, the faces lining the parade route evolve to have a more mixed look than a few years ago. On weekends, city neighbourhoods play host to dozens of ancestral festivals that pay homage to cultures born in other parts of the globe. The sights, sounds and aromas are so intoxicating that it draws locals and visitors by the thousands. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy fine weather, good music and delicious food. For those in search of a more sedate experience, fine dining establishments such as Anju and Deli Darbar serve traditional Korean and Indian/Pakistani cuisine, respectively, in ultramodern settings.

Fueled by the energy hike and the need for a learned, skilled labour force, the city known as Cowtown has broadened its horizons and welcomed young workers from other parts of Canada and the rest of the world. The energy boom may have already subsided, but the migration trend is expected to continue, and Calgary will sustainably lead the way as one of Canada’s most diverse and exhilarating cities.


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About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Allison James, Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.
1612 17 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0E3
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