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REPORTING · 24th December 2015
Walter McFarlane
Simon Camazola got up at the Regular Meeting of Council on Tuesday, December 8th to introduce the SHECANA Exchange Students to the Kitimat Council.

“SHECANA International Schools is a Canadian company with headquarters in Prince George BC with over 18 years’ experience with student exchange and travel. They offer a positive and educational travel opportunities for students from afar. SHECANA has 120 exchange students from all over the world placed in many different communities throughout Western Canada. In Kitimat we have 6 exchange students here,” said Camazola.

He expressed students are encouraged to join club and sports teams to further their educational experience about Canada. They are placed in a caring Canadian home.

The students introduced themselves. They come from Finland, Denmark, Germany and France and are in their mid to late teens.

Councillor Larry Walker asked them what they have learned during their visit and what has impressed. The students gave a variety of answers on what they have learned, from improving their English skills and that Canadians are accepting. They were impressed by the landscape and the recreational opportunities which come along with it.

Councillor Rob Goffinet asked what the most difficult thing which the students had to cope with. Council was told some of the classes were easier because the students were exposed to the lessons earlier in life.

One student expressed there are inside jokes which relate to culture which they do not understand but it was easy to follow the lessons. Another student chimed in the teachers are able to help them if they needed it.

Councillor Edwin Empinado asked one of the students, who skates with the Snow Valley Skating Club, how she finds the facility. She expressed it was good, although the old rink is not as good. Empinado asked how it could be improved. Camazola suggested hiring a student from Denmark.

Goffinet clarified most of the students will be staying until the end of the school year. Camazola thanked Council for the opportunity to bring the students to meet Mayor and Council.