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BVC Stampede Breakfast - It Takes a Community and Creates a Community

The following blog post was written by Kelty Christensen, Learner Engagement Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

Hosting a Stampede breakfast is no small feat. It takes a community of volunteers working together to bring a great breakfast to Calgarians.

This year’s BVC Stampede Breakfast was held on July 8, and it took the efforts of over 40 volunteers to help make this BVC pancake extravaganza come together. The Intercultural Centre’s ICan Crew volunteers served up some traditional BVC hospitality and flapjacks. 

For many of the volunteers, it was their first Stampede breakfast.  And, it was memorable. According to Meron Fekel, an ICan Crew volunteer, she loved the energy of the whole morning.

 “It was so exciting!  I met people (patrons and volunteers), I made some new friends, and I had a chance to practice my English, especially small talk. The crowd was energized and I danced!  Some of the volunteers I had seen before in my classes, but we had never spoken. Now we are friends!  We ate pancakes and taught each other dance steps. We talked about our cultures and had fun sharing. My role was to serve pancakes and make everyone feel welcome. It was so much fun to be part of this event!” 

Meron, like many volunteers, joined the ICan Crew to connect with others on campus. What better way than through the Calgary Stampede!

The ICan Crew participates in campus and community events throughout the year.  Visit the IC's web page to learn more about our events.