About 30 newcomers sat down to a potluck supper hosted by Welcome Wagon at St. John’s Anglican Church in Smiths Falls, Wednesday. Reverend Canon Catherine Ascah extended greetings as did Mayor Shawn Pankow before diners tucked into the casseroles, salads and desserts prepared by St. John’s volunteers.
Some newcomers were brand new, like Jeff and Susan Antoszek, while others were well into their second year of ‘newness’, like Christine Nayar.
It’s a good way for local residents and municipal representatives to learn more about each other, Emily Morrison, Local Immigration Partnership, said. Councillor Lorraine Allen came to meet newcomers, too.
Ten casseroles, two salads and home-made buns enticed everyone to dig in and eat up. Welcome Wagon rep Pauline Anderson roamed the room with a blue notepad in hand taking down names of those she hadn’t yet visited. The downstairs hall buzzed with chatter and lots of laughter. A door prize basket from The Garden Market was won and gratefully accepted by John Maxwell. And at the end of the evening, each newcomer left the church carrying a pot of colourful tulips.