Downtown is getting decorated for the holidays with the annual Holiday Window Contest. Judging will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, from noon to 2 pm.
This year, the Downtown Business Improvement Area is hosting the New Canadians Centre Youth Group to judge the Holiday Window Contest. The New Canadians Centre Youth Group is one of the many outreach opportunities designed to support newcomer youth for not only academic success, but to encourage social connections at school and within our community. The NCC Youth Group has grown this year from a small handful to almost 50 students!
From left: Natalie U, Alison Yu, Carol Lawless, Jess Devlin, Terry Guiel, Malaka Asfari, Aisha Mohamad, Riem Al Mohammad
“The Holiday Window Contest is always a lot of fun,” says DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel. “Our businesses do an excellent job with some really creative displays and the kids enjoy being a part of it and getting a few treats from some downtown shops.”
The New Canadians Centre strives to empower immigrants and refugees to become full and equal members of Canadian society and to provide community leadership to ensure cultural integration in a welcoming community.
“We have a very diverse group of kids from all of the local high schools who are very interested in trying new things and experiencing as much as they can," says Jess Devlin, Settlement Workers in School Coordinator with the NCC. "The high school experience is not just about succeeding academically. It's about connecting with others, being involved and becoming engaged in what's happening in the community."