Saturday a group of high school students who are planning a trip to Kenya to help villagers with a clean water project held a fundraising dinner at the Friendship Center in Vanderhoof. In August Anna Pye will take six girls to Kenya where they will spend twelve days. A video of scenes from Africa was presented in one area. Entertainment was provided by Eagles Wings from Fiji and Sunshine Medallion a local group.
The Welcoming Communities Committee had a booth in which Maha Sukkau presented upcoming community events including the open house at the Vanderhoof Public Library which will host the One Stop Information Center, a center to help new immigrants become informed about supports in our community.
The meal began with West African peanut soup with Khobz (Moroccan White Bread) grated carrot and ginger salad. The main course consisted of African apricot chicken skewers, South African Meatballs, rice accompanied by a Moroccan Tagine with beef and prunes, African spiced chicken wings and baked African sambusas. The dessert was cinnamon spiced plantains.
Opening of the Welcoming Communities Information Kiosk at the Vanderhoof Public Library
Welcoming Communities Open House – Mayor Gerry Thiessen to say opening remarks.
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
Location: Vanderhoof Public Library, Board Room
McLeod Elementary School children have made a Welcoming Communities display and NVSS students and teacher, Anna Pye with input from newcomers have created a resource which introduces services in Vanderhoof. Anna et al have been working with Gavin Ireland, Intern, District of Vanderhoof and it is hoped the pages created by them will become part of the District Resource Guide. Both the Welcoming Communities display and the newcomers resource will become part of the Information Kiosk at the library.
A variety of women’s services were presented at the Women’s Winter Tea, hosted by Welcoming Communities on February 4, 2014 at the Neighbourhood Space.