The Selkirk College Venture Club is getting ready to administer a huge dose of Canadiana to international students on campus.
The Venture Club is made up primarily of students in the Business Administration Program. The group gets together to discuss issues of business and plans events that raise money for the Jeff Verigan Memorial Scholarship that it awards on an annual basis.
The Selkirk College Venture Club team helping put together next month's Christmas dinner.
This semester the Venture Club has decided to focus on putting on a special event that will not only raise money, but raise Christmas spirit on the Castlegar Campus. The “Canadian Christmas Dinner Eh?” will take place on December 6th in the Castlegar cafeteria and feature a great meal, entertainment, presentations and a photo booth.
“We have quite a few international students on the Castlegar Campus and we wanted to give them that experience of the Canadian Christmas so they can take that home,” says Venture Club member Jeromie Parker, one of the main organizers of the event.
A Feast of Canadian Christmas Culture
The $20-a-plate dinner will feature a full turkey feast with all the trimmings (there will also be vegetarian lasagne available). Some of the presentations being prepared for the night include the Origins of Santa Claus by Selkirk instructor Rob Macrae, Twas the Night Before Exams by Darian Zaytsoff and members of the Selkirk Saints hockey team will give a talk on Canadian hockey. There will be a gingerbread house building competition, door prizes and a photo booth with Canadian props (hockey sticks, sweaters, toques). And of course the night would not be complete without live music featuring Christmas carols.
“We’re seeing this as an opportunity to get faculty, students and international students all together,” says Parker. “We want this to be a yearly event and you have to start somewhere.”
An Opportunity to Learn
The Venture Club’s goal is to raise $500 for the scholarship, a task they try to accomplish in the first semester. Next semester they will focus on application of knowledge they are gleaning from their classes and hold events based on sharing what they have learned.
The core team helping organize the Christmas event includes Darian Zaytsoff and Christina Belland from the Business Administration Program, along with international students Wellington Gruber and Tanvir Pathan.
“Event planning is something that is related to business, so we can all get some experience by putting on this event,” Parker says of the added bonus to organizing the Christmas dinner.
Taking the Initiative, Making a Difference
Parker will complete his studies in December and then be looking to launch his new pathway in life. The 34-year-old is originally from Kamloops and spent 10 years as a drywaller before coming to Selkirk College. The father of two says it was the right move.
“It’s a huge change,” he says. “I’m a fantastic a drywaller, but these are the real skills I possess. I knew that even before I got into the [Business Administration] program, because it’s on the people skills side.”
Tickets for the Christmas dinner are now on sale and will be until the end of November. A total of 180 tickets will be available and are selling fast. If you are interested in attending the dinner contact Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This dinner is a gift to the international community,” says Parker. “We thought that it would be great to give back a little piece of the Canadian Christmas and we hope to see students and staff in all programs support this event.”