On February 8-12, 2021, Booth UC celebrated Heritage Days. This is an annual event that takes a closer look at our roots in The Salvation Army and the work we do together to provide Education for a Better World.
The week was full of fun, virtual activities including interviews with some of our Booth UC students and their parents, games, contests, and an interactive map that illustrates how The Salvation Army is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic both here in Canada and around the world.
We were blessed to have the opportunity to discuss the pandemic responses with two Booth UC international students and their parents, who are currently working around the world with The Salvation Army. Elshika Hettiarachchi in Winnipeg and her dad Nihal Hettiarachchi in Sri Lanka joined Matthew Peters, Booth UC’s Student Services Coordinator, for a chat over zoom. Kimberly Kakegamic, Booth UC’s Communications Specialist, and Japhlet Lolo in Winnipeg also had the opportunity to chat with Japhlet’s parents, Major Julius and Gaudenci Omukomyi about how The Salvation Army is working to support their community in Kenya during the pandemic.
Through the use of an online interactive map and discussion forum, we were able to see how The Salvation Army is bringing hope to hundreds of communities across the globe. Students were also invited to enter a draw to win a Booth UC hoodie by completing an online treasure hunt.
We are thankful to our Student Services team and the Heritage Days Planning Committee for re-inventing Heritage Days into an online learning adventure.