Chinese New Year is at hand, and Cape Breton University (CBU) and the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority (CBCEDA) are hosting a special event to celebrate it. Also known as Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is the most important celebration of the year in China. CBU is home to more than 400 Chinese students.
Norm Smith, Director, CBU Student Services points out that this is a valuable opportunity to help students celebrate their culture away from home and also share it with others. “We have many students studying at Cape Breton University who come from various cultural backgrounds. One area that we are focused on in terms of student support is to provide opportunities to celebrate our diversity. We have a large Chinese population studying on campus, so it is only fitting that we recognize this occasion in a meaningful way. It also provides students, faculty, and staff with an opportunity to learn about another culture.”
Smith also underscores the value of CBU’s relationships with local organizations. “Working with organizations like CBCEDA connects our international students with community groups that can support them. These relationships enhance the support services we are able to provide our students.”
Eileen Lannon Oldford, CBCEDA CEO, says, “Cape Breton is known for its hospitality and we are pleased to partner with Cape Breton University on the 2013 Chinese New Year celebration. With support of partners NS Office of Immigration, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and NS Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, CBCEDA offers programs that provide settlement assistance and opportunities which enhance networking skills, grow professional networks, and improve job searches. Shaping Our Future in the CBRM, a reorganization plan for positive change, also supports efforts that will work towards establishing the CBRM as the number one community of choice for skilled immigrants and newcomers.”
CBU business student Lei Ji will be taking part in the festivities this weekend. He says, “Traditionally back home we spend the day and evening with family and celebrate with good food. This is what I will be doing at CBU this year.” The invitation-only celebration will be held on Friday, February 8 at 6 p.m. in the Campus Commons and will include a traditional meal, entertainment, and special remarks from Eileen Lannon Oldford of CBCEDA and CBU’s Vice-President, External, Dr. Keith Brown.