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Experience New Cultural Roots - Tips from our Hospital's Health and Wellness Calendar

By Vanessa Masters, Prevention and Screening Services - July 17, 2019

Get involved with community and cultural events in Thunder Bay! To look for upcoming events, visit the City of Thunder Bay’s website at and search for ‘Events’ under the ‘Recreation’ tab.

Thunder Bay is a multicultural community filled with food, music, and art! Culture influences our perceptions, beliefs, and morals, exposing us to new ways of thinking. Here are some ways that you can engage in experiencing new cultures:

  • Broaden your perspective of the world. When travelling, do as the locals do! Walk the streets, sample local delicacies, shop for trinkets, and mingle with the locals.

  • Learn a new language. Memory improvement, longer attention span, and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline are just a few of the known positive effects of speaking two or more languages.

  • Learn a new skill. Take a cooking, art, or music class and you’ll probably find yourself learning about new cultures as well.

  • Engage (and expand) your circle of friends. You might not know everything about your close friends’ cultures. Host a night dedicated to learning more about each other and invite new friends!

July Staff Feature – June Rose Htoo, Junior Accountant – Financial Services


After fleeing her village and living in refugee camps, June and her family (pictured above) were given the opportunity to resettle in Canada. “My nationality is Karen, one of the many ethnic groups in Myanmar who reside in a Karen state called ‘Kaw Thoo Lei’. Due to military conflicts, thousands of Karen refugees, including my family, have crossed the border and live in one of the twelve refugee camps in Thailand for safety. Thankfully, we are now able to call Canada home and can experience a new and better life in a country of freedom.”

Chole Chickpea Curry

Recipe submitted by Dr. Prashant Jani


500 grams chickpeas

1 large tomato, sliced

1 medium tomato, chopped

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 ½ tbsp chopped coriander

1 large piece of ginger

2-3 tbsp ghee or oil for sautéing

1 ½ tsp red chili powder

½ tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp coriander powder

½ tsp garam masala

½ tsp Punjabi chole masala

5 tsp whipping cream

Salt to taste


  1. Soak chickpeas in water overnight (the water has to be at least twice the amount of chickpeas

  2. Blend together large tomato, cumin seeds, and ginger to a very smooth paste using very little water

  3. Heat the ghee or oil in a large sauce pan, then add the tomato paste and sauté until the ghee leaves the sides of the masala

  4. Add the whipping cream and then the dry powders (chili powder, turmeric, and coriander powder), sauté for 1 minute

  5. Add the chopped tomato and coriander leaves and sauté for about 5 minutes

  6. Add the soaking chickpeas (with the water), tomato paste and salt. Add some water to get a gravy consistency

  7. Add the garam masala and Punjabi chole masala, mix well and let it come to a boil on low heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes

  8. Serve hot with naan or batura bread!

*All content from this article can be found in our Hospital’s 2019 Health and Wellness Calendar. To date, the Calendar has featured over 300 staff members from all areas and disciplines of our Hospital, capturing the many ways they choose to stay healthy.

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