Halloween is a fun, mostly beloved, and yearly occurrence that Canadians are introduced to as children, but it is unknown to many newcomers. MOSAIC’s New Westminster Settlement Workers in Schools Program hosted the SWIS Halloween Event on October 28th to introduce newcomers to this entertaining and traditional event.
It was a great evening at Centennial Community Centre as 115 kids and adults packed the room, enjoying games, music dance and food. The highlight of the event was the parade of costumes by the children, who were rewarded with treats and prizes. Participants expressed the consensus that this was the best event they had enjoyed in a long time. One guest commented that “we had fun, which is something we haven’t been doing since the war started seven years ago. I wish this is a beginning to more and more events . . .”
Ghada Shawil, co-ordinator for the SWIS program and event organizer, said “we had a full house of happy people who had a great time! We could not have pulled this off without a great team of people who worked so well together. And we were very fortunate to obtain a free space at the Centennial Community Centre.”
The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program helps newcomer students and their families adapt and integrate to Canadian life and education during their initial years in Canada. To learn more, please visit mosaicbc.org/swis.