Hey everybody, A few weeks ago, on April 16th, a tragic accident happened in South Korea. A ferry sank with around 476 passengers on board. 174 people were rescued but around 300 of them are dead or missing. Most of the passengers, about 80%, on board of this ship, were high school students. Nobody knows how such a disaster could happen and investigations are still running. Currently, in Korea and all over the world, people are tying yellow ribbons on a leash, with a message on it, in memory of the victims and their families. The ribbons symbolize solidarity and hope that the missing people of this tragic event would be found alive. Not only in the street, but in schools and public places as well, people are showing their solidarity and compassion. They also show it on the internet and in social media. In this case, why don’t you take a minute to write a short message, in your own language, for people in Korea who are not giving up and keeping their hope of finding the missing people? You can find the yellow ribbons in the ambassadors’ square, next to the reception, on the 2nd floor of the school. We thank you in advance for your support.  ===== EC offers various English Courses, including TOEFL Courses in Vancouver.

Show your love on Valentine’s Day at EC Vancouver

“Valentine’s Day” also known as ” The Feast of Saint Valentine” , is observed on February 14th each year and celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. What do people do at EC Vancouver School? Students at EC Vancouver show their love by writing a short message to our favorite teachers and staff members on the pink board located across from the Front Desk. You can either join us by voting for your favorite female or male person at the Front Desk.   Don’t  forget The 4th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival until February 14.  

Meet Ana Cervantes, our new home-stay recruiter!

Hi EC Vancouver students! My name is Ana and I’m from Spain. I’ve been living in Vancouver since 2011 and I’m what Vancouverites define as a Vanlover! I love walking around the city, going to the beach in summer and enjoying the mountains during winter time. I studied journalism and specialized in International Marketing. I speak Spanish, English and Portuguese. I’m a positive and friendly person who is here to help you and support you with anything you need. Do not hesitate to come talk to me!

Welcome to our new staff member Khalid!

We are proud to introduce you to Khalid, EC Vancouver’s new student counsellor. Hello, My name is Khalid, I am originally from Saudi Arabia, I have been living in Vancouver since 2006, and I graduated with a Diploma in Audio Engineering and Sound Production. I have worked in the technology support team in a big company in the past. Here in Vancouver I worked at a major telecommunication company and at another ESL school where I gained a lot of experience and had a lot of fun. I enjoy working in the ESL filed where I get to meet people from all over the world in one place, what’s better than that? I once was new to Vancouver so I understand the cultural differences and difficulties that newcomers might come across. Please feel free to ask me anything!  

Meet Yura our new intern

Hi, everyone. I am Yura  from Korea. I am totally new staff member at EC Vancouver English school.  I will be at the front desk. Here are a million things that I don’t know. But I’m trying to adapt quickly and I’ll do my best. Also I’m excited to be here. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work at EC Vancouver. I believe this experience will be great. If you have any questions, please come to the front desk. Thank you.

GIVING SOMETHING BACK – EC Vancouver supports the Canadian Cancer Society

 On Saturday April 14th EC Vancouver staff will be participating in three different projects for the Giving Something Back event. Some of our employees chose to support the Canadian Cancer Society through their annual Daffodil Campaign and we would like to tell you a little bit more about this project. The use of daffodils for fundraising began in 1956 when volunteers handed out daffodils atTorontoarea restaurants as means to spread the message about cancer awareness. At first the daffodils were given to the patrons in order to get the word out about cancer but when some wanted to pay for the flowers or make a donation it was realized that the daffodils could be used as a fundraising tool for the organization. Since then the event has encouraged Canadians to take a moment to reflect upon the thousands of people who are living with cancer and to remember those who lost their fight. So on this important day we should do something special to contribute in some way to fight this disease and let those living with it know they are not alone.  EC Vancouver staff will be selling daffodils pins at the Vancouver Public Library from 10:00 pm to 2:00 pm, and the profits will be used to support people living with cancer, fund research to outsmart cancer and prevent cancer before it starts. If you want to get involved, you can come to our front counter on the second floor and talk to us. We have started selling daffodil pins and any contribution is truly welcomed.