TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - It has been an action packed summer for
the Bike Host program, which matches newcomers who ride a bicycle with
Canadian mentors. Bike Host continues its activities this weekend with
a booth at the Toronto Chinatown Festival, on Saturday September 10, from 9 am to 9pm. Bike Host participants will be on hand with
information about the program and about safe cycling. There will also
be a chance to win some great prizes!
The innovative program is carried out by CultureLink Settlement
Services, in partnership with the Toronto Cyclists Union. Participants
learn about cyclists' rights and responsibilities, while contributing
to group projects and getting to know the city.
"Bike Host is a great program. It is an opportunity to get engaged with
Canadian society, build networks, and gain Canadian experience. It
helps me embrace my new life in a new country faster and better," says
He (Leo) Huang. He immigrated to Canada half a year ago from China,
where he worked as a marketing manager.
Marion Oliver has been a Bike Host mentor and has enjoyed taking part in
community outreach opportunities. "I have seen how universal the
attraction to cycling is," she says. "I'm looking forward to the
upcoming Chinatown festival and spreading the word about Bike Host!"
Toronto Chinatown Festival 2011 will be held on Saturday, September 10th
and Sunday, September 11th, 2011 on the east side of Spadina Avenue,
between Dundas Street West and College Street.
Bike Host is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the
Ontario Trillium Foundation.
SOURCE CultureLink Settlement Services
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