|New Building for Global Gathering Place|
|Tuesday, 12 June 2012 16:52|
The Global Gathering Place has moved to a larger building.
It's a centre that offers services and classes to immigrants and refugees that now live in Saskatoon.
Spokesperson Lori Nixon, says the new, and much larger, building is a boon to their program, "Here we have our own computer lab, funded by the Kinsmen, and that's good for us. We had been running computer classes out of the school board or the university so it's nice to be able to house that. Here, we have our own classrooms instead of having to coordinate and share."
Literacy Teacher at the Global Gathering Place, Lilah Cram, says some of her students -- often refugees from a place like Burma -- may have never attended school before, "Some of them do not know how to write their name and would actually need to learn how to hold a pencil. So you show them to how to hold a pencil. And they'd be right back on square one, where you actually teach them to trace the letters of their name."
But despite the challenges, Cram says the job is the most fulfilling teaching position she's ever had because the students are so motivated to learn.
The Global Gathering Place is now located on 5th Avenue, adjacent to the St. Paul's Catholic Cathedral.
(pb june 12/12)