Welcome of International Students

Welcome of International Students

We celebrated our community welcoming of international students, inaugrated in 2009, it was an initiative of the United Nations Association in Canada, Quinte Branch (UNAC-Quinte). Six years ago, UNAC-QUINTE presented a proposal to the Equity and Inclusive Education Advisory Committee of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board(HPSEDSB).The United Nations Association in Canada wished to launch an annual welcoming celebration which would highlight the importance of inclusivity and international connection within the Quinte region.

Recieving unanimous support for the idea,UNAC-QUINTE joined with HPSEDSB to organize the first Community Welcome event at The Belleville Public Library in October of 2009.Impressed with the success of that first event,both the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District Board and Loyalist College,joined with us and have been participating enthusiastically since 2010.In 2011,Albert College joined the team,a decision that was particularly fitting since Albert College is the first international schoool in Belleville,one that has been welcoming students students of many  nationalities since the mid 1930's.For this event the College has on several occasions shared student volunteers,the spaciousness of Ackerman Hall,and the beauty and intimacy of its chapel.Recognizing the economic ,social and cultural contribution made by international students to our community,theCity of Belleville has been a supportive partner since 2012.