More than 6,500 international students from Asia, South America, the Middle-East, Europe, and many other countries celebratde their chosen destination, Canada, during World Student Day (WSD) on Friday. They took a short break from their English or French studies to take part in sports and cultural activities, and to express their appreciation for Canada.
Celebrations took place in: Halifax, NS; Glace Bay, NS; Charlottetown, PEI; Montreal, QC; Toronto, ON;Ottawa, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Calgary AB; Vancouver, BC; and Victoria, BC. Special guests included:
- MP Andy Filmore (Halifax);
- Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke (Glace Bay);
- Michael Forian, Assistant to Jacques Chagnon, MNA for Westmount–St-Louis (Montreal);
- Richard Deschamps, City councillor (Montreal);
- Han Dong, MPP, Trinity-Spadina, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development (Toronto);
- Councillor Heather Deal, Deputy Mayor of Vancouver (Vancouver); and
- Mayor Lisa Helps (Victoria).
“World Student Day is a unique opportunity for students and language education professionals to connect and celebrate their contribution to Canadian and international education and culture. The success of this event over the past two years has demonstrated how important this sector is to both Canadians and to the students who choose Canada as a study destination,” says Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada.
This year’s World Student Day event marks a major activity in a new communications campaign entitled I Choose Canada (hashtag #IChooseCanada). The main goal of the campaign is to highlight the importance of language education in Canada and advocate for policy changes that will support members and the sector.
Fun activities, such as talent shows, potlucks, sports, music and cultural activities of interest to students and staff alike were on offer in each city. Celebrations were held by Languages Canada members and some events were ticketed. – CNW