For the fourth year, Share Thanksgiving was yet again a huge success, and we couldn’t have done it without partners, community collaborators, and you! This year at the office the Share Thanksgiving action started long before the turkey was served; from road trips to forging a new partnership with Sobeys, we made an effort to have a greater impact than ever before.
Pier 21 Event
On September 6, Engage Nova Scotia and Sobeys Inc welcomed former hosts, guests, and community partners to Pier 21 to launch Share Thanksgiving 2017 and to announce our partnership with Sobeys. We were joined by our friend Sherifat Onabanjo to hear about her experience with Share Thanksgiving and the lasting friendship that has developed and continued with her host family. The rest of the evening was filled with lively discussion as attendees explored The Pier 21 exhibits and we shared tasty treats prepared by the Sobeys Chefs.
4 Sobeys Dinners
As part of this years partnership with Sobeys leading up to Thanksgiving, stores hosted newcomers families in four locations across Nova Scotia. In Community Rooms in Antigonish, Clayton Park (Halifax), Sydney, and New Minas friendships were formed as staff sat together with new members of their communities to learn about each other over a traditional turkey dinner. One of the greatest moments was an exchange of invitations for the connections to continue into guest and host homes after the holidays.
Year after year we are humbled by the Nova Scotians who are stepping up to make our province a more vibrant and inclusive place for everyone to live. Share Thanksgiving is a tangible experience that opens our eyes to the benefits our newcomers bring to the province, but it’s so much more than that!
Don’t take just take our word, here’s some feedback and photos from participants!
“The overall experience is just awesome. The host showed us around their house and farm. We then drove to their cabin and walked on the beach. Their kids are terrific and we played so many games together. The conversations we engaged were meaningful and inspiring. They welcomed me with all their heart and time just fly when we were together.”
– Yameng He
“Thanks for giving me and my family this valuable opportunity to meet new people and to have a place to share our first Thanksgiving in Canada”
– Fernando Sucre
“My guest was excited to be participating in the celebration and this was a new experience for her. I think just giving her a new experience that she will remember and be able to share with her friends and family was my most enjoyable memory”.
– Anna-Marie Hubbard
“Our Chinese student guests had heard about the famous pumpkin pie dessert but had never tried it. When we pulled out the pie, and served up Chinese tea, they were thrilled. A walk into the woods near a lake with the brilliantly-coloured leaves topped off the afternoon.”
– Andrea Redmond
One of the greatest part of Share Thanksgiving is the connections that continue long after the leftovers have been eaten. When asked, this year over 85 percent of participants said that they have intentions of getting together afterward.