We asked Niki to share her story about moving to Canada. Here’s what she said:
I am a new immigrate in Canada. I didn’t know what I can do here until I join YES Program, YES in short. It’s a part of Richmond Multicultural Concern Society which helps immigrates to adapt their life in Canada. Before I took part in YES, I watched TV or played computer games for a whole day at home.
However, when I am in the program, I can study English and do some exercises with my classmates. We have ESL class in the morning and we go to Thompson Community Center to play basketball, soccer volleyball and badminton.
Sometimes we went outside for some entertainment, such as bowling, ice-skating, rock climbing etc. Since that I knew where I can go here and where I can hang out with my friends.
And YES also gives me the chance to learn Canadian culture. For example, I had my first Thanksgiving Party there that also the first time I saw and ate turkey. If I had to say something when I saw the turkey, it would be “what a big chicken!” Actually, it taste like chicken, but I love it. Now I can share my experience with my friends about the history of Thanksgiving and how the turkey taste.
I have been in Canada for only five month, but I have been in YES for three month. I even went to somewhere my sister who has been here for three years that she didn’t know where it’s before. We, who are the participants of YES, got an opportunity to visit the Richmond Fire Hall in Gilbert. We were taught what it is a fire hall and how the firemen work there. We even experienced how the firemen save time by slipping downstairs in an emergency.
It’s hard to tell everything we did in YES in one time. It’s the life about three months and every day we got different interesting things to do.