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1 High School, 7 Countries, 120 Students celebrating culture

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Food table at “A Taste of Home”, March 12, 2019 at Ecole Secondary Notre Dame High School

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Students celebrate their culture through A Taste of Home event

Over 130 students were invited to participate in the annual A Taste of Home event on March 12, 2019 at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School in conjunction with the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.). This annual event encourages international students to attend and bring a food dish native to their home country.

Attendees represented seven countries, including Philippines, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Mexico, Syria, Japan, and Canada.  There was a rich diversity of food that represented the unique flavours and traditions of students’home countries, including bicol express, noodles, spring rolls, curries and traditional First Nations food.

“We are proud to showcase the diverse cultures that make up the fabric of École Secondaire Notre Dame High School. Having an event where students are encouraged to celebrate and share a small piece of home with the larger school community is exciting. A Taste of Home a powerful way to demonstrate that we are all brought to together to celebrate our diversity,” said Vice-Principal Mandy Reed, at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School.

“This event helps to encourage people to be welcoming and accepting of others. It encourages people to gather, sit together, speak with one another and become more inclusive in general. It creates moreunderstanding and empathy for people rather than an ‘us vs. them’ mentality,” said Jan Underwood, cultural awareness community educator at C.A.R.E.

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Rob Lewis named Executive Director of Youth HQ

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YOUTH HQ ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Youth HQ is pleased to announce its Board of Directors has appointed Rob Lewis as Executive Director, effective April 6, 2020. Lewis will be leaving the City of Red Deer, where he holds the role of Program Coordinator for Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).

Starting in the not-for-profit industry with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Medicine Hat and District, Lewis is no stranger to the organization and our programs. As a former Program Director with Youth HQ, as well as his work at the national level as Western Regional Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, his direct experience as well as outside experience in outcome measurement and evaluation will be assets to the organization.

“It will be really great to have someone who is already so familiar with our programs and what we do hit the ground running,” said Randy Nicholls, Board Chair with Youth HQ. “We’re looking forward to seeing his skills put to good use.”

Rob has a passion for people and looks forward to continuing to make a real difference in our community. “I’m grateful to be moving into a position where I can support a team of outstanding staff to maximize their impact with youth across central Alberta,” Lewis shared. “I’m excited to see what the future holds for me in this role.”

The Board would like to take the opportunity to give kudos and thanks to Dawn Flanagan for her leadership as Acting Executive Director of Youth HQ during this period of transition. Her willingness to take on this challenging role at a time when her skills were greatly needed is a true testament to how important she is to this organization. Dawn will continue in the role of Acting Executive Director until Rob begins in April.

About Youth HQ

Youth HQ, along with its affiliates Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer & District and Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer & District, offers numerous programs and services that support children, youth and families. We all need to ensure our children and youth have accessible, low barrier, safe places to go. Youth HQ thanks our community, stakeholders and funders who enable us to do so.

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