As Canadians across the country marked Thanksgiving with a traditional feast, many students at Niagara College got a taste of the holiday for the first time.
Niagara College’s International Division hosted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for students on Oct. 5 at the Welland Campus Student Commons / cafeteria. More than 120 students and guests gathered for a traditional turkey feast with all the trimmings – including pumpkin pie for dessert – catered by Chartwells. The event offered students – many who are far from home, or from countries who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving – an opportunity to celebrate the holiday.
“We are always encouraging our students to share their cultures with their classmates, homestay families and domestic students when possible, and this is a good opportunity to reciprocate. It gives us the opportunity to share
a traditional Canadian meal with our students,” said International student coordinator Nattalie Boverhof. “We also recognize that for some of our students will not have another opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving. We would like to give them to opportunity and the experience of Thanksgiving.”
NC’s International Division has been hosting the traditional Canadian-themed events such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, since 2015.
Boverhof noted that the events are designed as a way to bring students together, both international and domestic, and learn about one another.
“Food brings people together. Sharing a meal is a great way to help build a community,” she said. “It gives all our students a safe place to see old friends and meet new ones.”