The East and West Learning Club is a not-for-profit, grass-root group that provides interesting and meaningful learning opportunities to immigrant families with a focus on social skills and cultural knowledge. Our goal is for this club to be enjoyed by everyone in our community, so all club meetings are free of charge. Occasionally there may be an optional field trip or special class which may require a small fee. We meet every Thursday night unless it’s a public holiday or school break.
The second month of 2019 was a month full of snows and freezing rains — welcome to Canada! With the harsh weather condition and sicknesses we experienced, some of our meetings were cancelled or put off, like what TDSB and many other organizations did in the past month. We will start our regular meetings after March break. Can’t wait to the signs of the spring, and the taste of brainstorms again!
SCHEDULE March 2019
March 21 Regular Learning Club Meeting
Iroquois Junior Public School
265 Chartland Blvd., Scarborough (near Finch & Brimley; free parking lot at the west side of the school building)
March 28 The East&West Dialogue
Venue: Henry Kelsey Senior Public School
1200 Huntingwood Drive, Scarborough (between Brimley and Midland; free parking lot at the east side of the school building)
6:30 – 7:00 PM Meals & social
7:00 – 8:30 PM Sessions run
Cost: All events are free, including meals.
Language used: English
Please RSVP as soon as possible, and by the midnight of the day prior to the event at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
@The East&West Dialogue
This is our monthly special event! Come to have a dialogue with guest speakers from different cultural backgrounds. The guests share their experiences, expertise, observation, and/or suggestions that may be helpful to immigrants. We hope that through this communication we can develop a deeper understanding of Canadian society, how other people are thinking and living, and how we can adapt ourselves to our new country better.
This month our guest speakers will be guru educators, and they will tell parents and students how to deal with problems at school, Canadian customs and their own stories. For guest speakers’ profiles and major topics please visit East and West Dialogue with Educator Gurus
@Regular learning club meetings
1.Each participant will have a 1-2-minute presentation, sharing anything happened in his/her life, or a thought/idea etc. Then take 3 questions from other members.
- We will watch avidioprogram on western etiquette and communication skills, then share our own experience and thoughts.
- We will pick a current topic to discuss, encouraging all participants to voice their opinions in a clear, polite, and constructive way.Please feel free to send your suggestion on topics. Once you RSVP’ed, we will send you the topic of the week. Here are a few examples that we discussed in the past:
* Apu, a character in the animated series ‘The Simpsons’ has a South Asian accent(played by a white actor) and perceived South Asian behaviour. Some Indian Americans criticized the character was stereotyping South Asians, and they did not find it funny any more. ‘The Simpsons’ responded that the series had been aired for decades — why people were getting so sensitive now; the comedy just made fun of all kinds of people, not only South Asians. What do you think of this controversy?
* Why do you think many people around the world are so interested in the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle ? What do you think of the monarchy in Canada?
* Are seeds are alive? Why or why not?
Everyone is welcome, whether you are a professional, a student or a home-maker. Let’s learn together, improve ourselves, and have fun!