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Newcomer families are learning
about Canadian culture through the kitchen thanks to a partnership between École
Stanley Knowles School and Norwest Co-op Community Health.
The Stanley Knowles Family Cooking
Club meets weekly afterschool to cook and to make a connections over everyone’s
favourite topic: food!
Each program session lasts from 6
to 10 weeks. The program is funded through Norwest’s Neighbourhood Immigrant
Settlement Program, as well as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
“We’ve have parents, grandparents
and children cooking together in the home economics room,” said Tammy Nasuti, a
dietician and settlement worker with Norwest Co-op Community Health. “We are
using the sessions to practise English. They’re reading recipes, talking about
food, and learning about some healthier ways to cook.”
Another message the program shares
is the value of cooking and eating together.
“There are so many benefits to cooking as a
family and sitting down together for a meal,” Ms. Nasuti said. “The kids are grating
cheese, measuring flour and helping to stir. They can learn so much when they
Families are also learning how to
cook and use vegetables that are more common to Canadian supermarkets.
“We’re introducing the families to
some of the new vegetables we have here in Canada,” said Malou Josue, a WSD
Intercultural Support Worker. “And if there are vegetables in their home
country that they can’t get here, we have Canadian alternatives.”
“Canadian food can mean so many
things because we’re so multicultural,” Ms. Nasuti added.
Ann Lopez, whose family came from
the Philippines to Canada last school year, attends the classes with her son
“He loves to cook,” Ms. Lopez said.
“He wants to be a chef someday. We told him he can be a pilot and a chef at the
She added that the classes have
been enjoyable and informative.
“We’re learning recipes that are
more nutritious and cheaper, it’s very useful,” she said. “We just learned a
recipe for mac and cheese that had more vegetables added to it, it was good.”