A group of children new to the country got to spend a week at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation at the end of July and participate in a summer camp, giving them a first taste of what Canada’s nature landscape is really like. The camp, supported by the Rotary Club of Barrie and organized by the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, focused on giving the students experiences that they have never had before, such as canoeing.
“This was such a wonderful opportunity for these children,” says Tatiana Khrystynko, program coordinator, Newcomer Welcome Centre and English as a Second Language at the Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) Barrie Learning Centre. “It really helped them adapt and get to know a part of the community that they now call home. I can’t thank the Tiffin Centre, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and Rotary Club of Barrie enough for providing such a memorable experience.”
The children have come from far and wide, including Brazil, Sudan, Vietnam, China and Ukraine. During their time at the Tiffin Centre camp, they examined different specimens in the pond, learned about various species at the Tiffin Centre, went canoeing and learned how to build a boat and a shelter using materials from the forest.
A majority of the students will be attending SCDSB schools in September and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Welcome to Canada and welcome to the SCDSB!