CultureWorks 4th Annual Holiday Open House can be summed up in a thousand words.

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CultureWorks teacher Melissa Douglas and her daughter Lena enjoy all the festivities at the Holiday Open House. (photo credit: WHA CHOI/CultureWorks)

Google the expression “a photo is worth a thousand words” and it may take you in that many directions.

There is not a clear answer where the term originated, but one popular suggestion is from Frederick R. Barnard and his 1921 article where he says “one look is worth a thousand words.” He was writing about the effectiveness of graphics.

Now where are we going with this? Obviously, to an image in some form. Look up, look way up and you will see what we are taking about.

The photo is of CultureWorks teacher Melissa Douglas and her daughter, Lena. Photographer was Wha Choi, a CultureWorks and Western University engineering graduate.

“She (Lena) is a joy… and some days a tyrant,” Melissa said with a smile.

The event was the CultureWorks 4th Annual Holiday Open House at the Mary Manor (White House) on the Brescia University College campus.

An evening of fun at our ESL school

On this evening, CultureWorks students, alumni, staff and family were all invited to enjoy the festive season with games, food and yes, even Santa Claus.

Four current CultureWorks students signal all is going well at the Holiday Open House. (photo credit: WHA CHOI/CultureWorks)
Four current CultureWorks students signal all is going well at the Holiday Open House. (photo credit: WHA CHOI/CultureWorks)

Students are from many countries and many religions, but somehow Christmas plays a large role when the event is held late in the calendar year in Canada.

The photo of Lena and Melissa sums up, in many ways, the tale of the evening – smiles, hugs, location, treats, students, staff, children, love and respect.

Graduates of our ESL school share their thoughts

Many other photos are included here, covering off many more words. But the alumni students also did include some of their thoughts on this day.

Take Laura for example. She graduated from CultureWorks in 2015 and is now a junior designer for a mechanical engineering company in London, Ontario.

“I have just graduated from Western University for one year; I can’t be a senior yet,” Laura said with a wide grin.

“For Canadians, Christmas is like a new year. For us (in China), it is similar to Spring Festival. They get together and they enjoy and celebrate dinner and exchange gifts.”

And now from Ahmad, a Syrian student who graduated from our ESL school in 2016. He is in his first year of engineering at Western University.

“I feel like Christmas, everyone goes to visit their family in their home town. It’s a really good holiday so people can see each other, have fun with each other,” Ahmad said,

“So I am here now for the Christmas Open House. I can meet my friends from two years ago and meet my teachers. It’s a good thing.”

Finally, from Yuan, a 2016 graduate from China who is taking psychology and primary education at Western University.

“I do enjoy the atmosphere when people celebrate some festivals. It gives me a sense of Homecoming. That’s really important to me. That’s really a sweet thing for me to see,” Yuan said.

“Also, I feel like I am a bit lonely because obviously in China, we don’t celebrate Christmas.”

A word from CultureWorks Founder and President Tina Bax

And CultureWorks Founder and President Tina Bax did not miss the efforts put forward by the staff on this day.

From left, CultureWorks Student Services Coordinator Liz Macedo, Vice Principal Stan Rath and Founder and President Tina Bax join the holiday festivities. (photo credit: WHA CHOI/CultureWorks)
From left, CultureWorks Student Services Coordinator Liz Macedo, Vice Principal Stan Rath and Founder and President Tina Bax join the holiday festivities. (photo credit: WHA CHOI/CultureWorks)

“Thanks to all of you who came out to see our students. You brought your time and your children; you cared, you laughed, you worked hard … and our students thoroughly loved it as they do each year,” Tina said.

Can’t wait for the 5th annual event, everyone agreed.

In the meantime, here are more than 7,000 “words” to celebrate. We needed more room.

Students, teachers and their children enjoy the evening in a variety of ways.
Students, teachers and their children enjoy the evening in a variety of ways.

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