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The Student Voice of St. George's School

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Soup Kitchen for the Soul

Mission accomplished: over 400 meals served

On October 30th, eight members of the St. George’s Global Perspectives and Community Service Club’s (GPACs) Local Issues Committee, along with teacher-advisor Ms. Sandra Gin, embarked on a journey to the Downtown Eastside.  The boys–all in grades 10-12– volunteered to serve lunch to the less fortunate at the Harbour Light Shelter, a ministry of the Vancouver Salvation Army.  The Harbor Light shelter is an all-male facility where recovering drug addicts and homeless men undergo rehabilitation and where those who are less fortunate come for help, advice, and food.

The Harbour Light shelter is located on East Cordova Street, near Chinatown. While there, the GPACs students helped serve and deliver lunch, a delicious mix of ravioli with sauce, coleslaw salad, and yogurt. Over the course of two hours of hard work, the students successfully and efficiently served over 400 lunches. They served individuals ranging from recovering addicts to new immigrants. Afterwards, the students got a unique opportunity to hear two recovering addicts’ stories.  These testimonies outlined their previous lifestyle decisions as well as their willpower that allowed them to seek help at Harbour Light.  As part of their recovery program, these men work in the Feeding Line as volunteers, and offer to share their stories with visiting school groups.

“It was not just our volunteering in the soup kitchen that benefited us,” said Brian Tsang, Grade 12 and Co-Chair of the Local Issues Committee. “It was also the powerful life experiences shared by the people there that truly made this experience worthwhile.”

The goal of the field trip was to let the students be exposed to the lives of the people in the Downtown Eastside and also to help out the less fortunate. After the field trip the students felt deeply moved by the surprising kindness of the people that they had served. As the students exit the facility, a wholehearted “Thank-You!” from the Harbour Light crowd really brightened up their day. Truly this feeding line is a soup kitchen for the soul.

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Roland Huang
Roland Huang, Staff Writer
Roland is currently a Grade 10 student at the school and he works as the staff writer. This is his first year in journalism and is excited to start out, learn, and develop. His passions in sports include water polo, triathlon, and especially swimming. At school his favourite classes are English and PE. In addition he is in the school band, and various clubs. Roland is a very accomplished swimmer competing at the provincial level. As well as swimming and school he likes to hang-out with friends, fooling around and doing stupid dares. Word... this is gonna be a chill year!
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George Zhang, Editor-in-Chief
George Zhang is a senior at St. George’s School. He has long had a passion in journalism and loves sharing his unique views and insights as a student to the wider audience. He delights in telling a more vivid story with the use of multimedia. George enjoyed his experiences as a student reporter for events such as Vancouver Winter Olympics and Shanghai Expo, an editor at other school publications, as well as a freelance reporter at online news websites. This year, he joins the Creed crew in hope to make a positive difference in the St. George’s community, through the means of journalism. During his free time, George rows, reads, travels, takes photos…

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    msginNov 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    It’s really great to see Service as a prominent part of the school culture. Bravo on the job well done!