Share Your Thanksgiving with a Nova Scotia Newcomer!
September 25, 2015 --- For the second year, Nova Scotians are being encouraged to open their doors and share a meal with a new immigrant family or international student on Thanksgiving.
Part of a national initiative, Share Thanksgiving is an online matching service that connects established Nova Scotia families with guests who are hoping to make deeper connections with local communities and experience a Canadian tradition first-hand.
“Last year, the province’s first, we matched more families than any other jurisdiction in Canada, with the exception of Toronto,” says Danny Graham, chief engagement officer for Engage Nova Scotia.
“We’ve always had a reputation for being friendly, and we know from our experience last year that Nova Scotians are a wonderfully welcoming people too, when presented with an easy way to connect with newcomers.”
Payson and Yvonne Rowell of Fox Point, near Hubbards, shared their Thanksgiving meal with a family from Sierra Leone last year: “We had a delightful time! Everyone appreciated the opportunity to get to know each other. We made new friends and would love to do this again.”
Their guest, Mamawa Kamara, agrees. “ The Rowells were so welcoming to me, my sisters and my daughter,” she says. “I thank them and Engage Nova Scotia for giving us this opportunity.”
People interested in being either a host or guest should go to engagenovascotia.ca/sharethanksgiving to find out more and register to participate before October 4.
For more information and to arrange interviews, contact: