CPAC Education Day Successfully Targeted Parents’ Need for Information

CPAC Foundation successfully held its 8th Education Day in North York last Saturday.  More than three hundred parents and their families from the GTA immigrant community gathered useful education information.  They also learned a lot of parenting skills and tips on choosing the right school for their child.

CPAC Education Day is one of the largest education events for the immigrant communities in the GTA.  The goal of the event is to help immigrant families understand the education system and prepare their children for their academic future.  The event allows parents to make informed decisions through the advice of exhibitors and experienced speakers.  “At the Foundation, we believe education is the key to a successful and prosperous future.  Choices made today dictate the outcomes of tomorrow for our new generations,” said Mr. Richard Lim, President of CPAC Foundation, in his welcome address at the opening ceremony.  “We are proud that, since its inception in 2008, Education Day has provided thousands of students and parents with practical, valuable information to help them make decisions.”

The Day comprised of a Conference and Fair. The University of Toronto, Lakehead University, University of Guelph-Humber, George Brown College, Centennial College, Seneca College and other private middle schools, and education service providers participated in the event.  They all gave the audience ample opportunities for face-to-face communication about everything they want to know about these schools and Canadian education in general.

One of the highlights of the event was the keynote presentation, which was delivered in a new format. Instead of one keynote speaker, a panel of three parents of previous years’ CPAC Award/Scholarship recipients shared their experience and insights on parenting.  Attendees welcomed advice on topics such as: The Importance of Parents’ Involvement in School Activities; Don’t Hover, Give your Child Space to Grow; Allow your Child to Participate in Extra-Curricular Activities and Nurture an Interest in a Special Area.

In addition, experienced educators, parents and students with relevant insights to share with the participants presented three workshops. Topics covered university applications, public and private school comparison and parenting skills.

“This kind of event is so helpful! Both my son and I learned a lot today, and it’s free,” David, a father of a secondary school student said at the site.

About CPAC Foundation

CPAC Foundation (formerly the Education Foundation of CPAC), was founded in 1999. It’s a registered charitable organization that provides scholarships and awards to secondary and post-secondary students who have demonstrated exceptional community leadership as well as outstanding academic achievements. The Foundation also provides assistance to students who have maintained above-average grades and are experiencing financial difficulty.

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Group photo at the opening ceremony, from the left: Mr. Andi Shi, Executive Director of CPAC, Ms. Lynda Xu and Mr. Hugh Zhao, Trustees of CPAC Foundation and Board Members of CPAC, Mr. James Xu, Mr. Scott Zheng and Ms. Carrie Yang, Keynote speakers of Education Day, Mr. Richard Lim, President of CPAC Foundation, Ms. Helen Cao and Mr. Daniel Gao, Board Members of CPAC.

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Mr. Richard Lim, President of CPAC Foundation delivered welcome speech at the opening ceremony.

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Three keynote speakers shared their parenting tips. From the left: James Xu, Scott Zheng, and Carrie Yang.

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The Education Fair attracted many students and parents.

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Three breakout sessions were highly welcomed by the participants