The Welcoming Intercultural Newcomers Association (WINA) was originally called the Welcoming BBQ Association (WBA) and it is a non-profit, charitable organization that has offered 15 years of Annual Newcomers BBQ. The association provides newcomers in HRM with the right resources to help them learn about their new community, through the annual Newcomers' Welcome BBQ signature event. WINA is also committed to supporting cultural groups retain their distinctive cultural identity, language and arts. WINA now implements its diversity strategy to provide programs and services that will empower and relieve barriers for Newcomers people in the areas of securing employment, Mental Health Education, Fire Prevention programs, and cultural understanding. An integral part of WINA has always been to provide anti-racist education and promote intercultural understanding to the general public through workshops, programming and community events.