English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP), a division of New Focus Society, hosted an international potluck dinner, Oct. 3. The guest list, which included MLA Bob Simpson and Mayor Mary Sjostrom, represented 11 different birth countries. Traditional foods from China, South Korea, Japan, India, Alaska, B.C., Germany and the Ukraine were enjoyed by the nearly 40 guests.
ESLSAP Program Coordinator Pat Colbourne was pleased with both the turnout and the camaraderie shown by this group.
“It was beautiful to look across the room and see different nationalities chatting,” she said.
The ESLSAP has been active in Quesnel since 2007 and has served more than 50 immigrant clients from 13 different countries. This is a learner-driven, volunteer tutor program which exists to assist newcomers to Canada with their settlement and language needs. New Focus Society is always looking for volunteer tutors.