Michaël L‘Homme is a student from Switzerland who has completed a 8-week English course at EC Vancouver. It was the first time that I was separated from my young family. Two months in Canada is a long time for a young, happy father of a four month old boy. It was really hard for me to leave Switzerland. The first two weeks I was crying at night. It wasn’t because I felt homesick. I missed my family. Why didn’t they come with me?! It took only a short time to find new friends. I can say that I never had feelings like this for friends. We were more like a family than just friends. Really! I found a new family here in Canada, at LSC/ EC Vancouver. Every night there was a party, and every weekend we visited a new place. Wow! What an experience! I’ll miss it! But now it is time to say goodbye. It makes me sad to leave Vancouver – my best holiday ever! It was a great time with great friends and teachers. Thank you all for “my” time with you.
Club ESL has a HUGE discount on tickets for the Vancouver Giants hockey game this Friday! You can buy them at the Club ESL office at 1111 Melville Street, 8th floor, for just 10$ each! That’s cheaper than just about anywhere so pick them up TODAY!
Good evening everyone! October 5th is UNESCO World Teachers’ Day and we at EC Vancouver want to celebrate this day in a very special way. Our teachers are priceless to us: their work and dedication, the learning experience they share with our students, the difference our teachers make in each student’s life, these are things that students will cherish in their hearts forever, memories for a lifetime. Help us make October 5th a special day for our teachers. Do you have a teacher who has made your time in Vancouver extra special? Please share your thoughts with us, we would like to hear from you!
Hi everyone, Movie session this afternoon again at 3:30 pm in room 203. Fernanda, our teacher, will be showing ‘ The Big Bang Theory”, a sitcom about a group of science nerds, a neighbour that wants to be a nurse, their relationships, etc. It is a show that will definitely make you laugh! Sign up list at reception.
Being in Canada has been one of my best experiences in life! At the beginning when I started to study at LSC/EC I had the opportunity to improve my English skills, teachers all the time were really interested in my learning and they were supporting me with books and different activities to make me understand English language in a better way. The staff at the front desk in the school was always friendly and available to help me with my needs during my stay in this place. Since my first class day I have never felt lonely because there is always someone to talk or to help us. I appreciate that in the school there is a group of people focused in other kind of activities, to help students to go out on weekends, afternoons and to get to know more about Vancouver. After I finished the school, I started to work in a company named Capital Tax as a part of my co-op program and I feel amazed because the school helped me a lot to find a job related to my career as an accountant, where I have been learning about how business operates in this country. My co-workers are really nice with me and everyday they help me to make something different just to expand my knowledge in this profession. Everyday I feel surprised because there is always something new to learn. Vancouver is a city enriched with different kinds of cultures, where you can find beach, woods, nature, malls, nightclubs, all together in the same place. The people and friends that I have met here are an important part of my life and I know that the experience of being here is a memory that will stay with me for the rest of my life. When …
We all know the importance of the oceans in our lives and ecosystem. When we endanger the ocean, we are automatically jeopardizing our future, our lives and the health of our planet. You can make a difference, we can all make a difference! Did you know that 50 to 70 % of our oxygen comes from the ocean? That’s more than all of the world’s rainforests combined. The ocean regulates our climate, absorbs carbon dioxide, holds 97% of Earth’s water, and supports the greatest abundance of life on our planet. More than 60% of the world’s population lives on or near the coast. The ocean provides a livelihood, recreation, beauty, wonder, and untapped scientific discovery, leading to new medications, foods, and advanced technologies. But the ocean is in trouble: 90% of the big fish are gone. Tuna, swordfish, halibut, cod, and flounder populations have been devastated by overfishing and discarded plastics have formed a toxic “plastic soup” that is gathering in 5 massive ocean gyres around the world. As the plastic breaks down, it is eaten by sea animals, causing illness and death. It eventually enters our diets, too. What happens if we do nothing? Many popular seafood species will likely be wiped out within 40 years with current fishing practices and unless we change our rate of consumption, we’re within a century — possibly even less — of a world where jellyfish are the only wild seafood option left!
Have you ever thought about going to university in the United States? A representative from Montana State University in beautiful Bozeman will be here on September 20 at 1:20pm in room 203. She is going to make a presentation about the school, talk about scholarship opportunities and answer questions. Come and find out more. Sign up at the front counter.
How about visiting the Britannia Mine Museum this weekend? The venue is an award-winning National Historic Site and has been receiving rave reviews since its recent re-opening. Just like miners did in the past, visitors can climb aboard a mine train and rumble into an authentic tunnel. Entertaining guides describe the workings of drills and tools from the past century. Every visit includes gold panning with the chance to take home real gold! Dress warmly or bring a sweater – it’s cool on the train ride and underground. Also, be sure to wear comfortable shoes to explore the site and underground. Located between Vancouver and Whistler, the Britannia Mine Museum is open 7 days a week from 9am. The last tour happens at 4:30pm. For more information, visit http://britanniaminemuseum.ca . Enjoy it!
If you haven’t decided what to do this weekend yet , you probably should consider a visit to Main Street. On Saturday, September 15 the 3rd Annual Autumn Shift Festival will be held from noon to 6 pm. The Autumn Shift Festival reflects the shift in season as well as the on-going shift in our community’s attitude towards embracing sustainability, eating locally, and indulging in urban gardening; all which create the theme for the interactive booths, children’s activities, and street shows, including The Beaumont Studios stage at Main and Broadway and a community fashion show at 3:30 at 11th and Main. Location: Main Street from Broadway to 12th Avenue.
Have you ever considered travelling overseas to study, volunteer, work or just explore? If you have, the Go Global Expo is your opportunity to connect with organizations that can help you make it happen! The event will be held at the Creekside Community Centre next Sunday, September 16, from 11am to 5pm. There will be opportunities in more than 100 countries! The event includes seminars by experts in the field and exhibitors from all over the world. Everything you need to get packing!! Enjoy it!