A few months ago, we noticed a student commenting and liking many of our social media posts. We often get students interacting with our Pembina Trails platforms, but there was something that stood out with Samay Dadlani’s online messages. His positivity shined and we decided we had to meet the student behind the profile.
It turns out Samay is new to Canada. He arrived in Winnipeg from Dubai last August and wasted no time settling in at École Charleswood School. Getting to know his new community was a top priority and following Pembina Trails online helped the 12-year-old feel connected.
“I want to know what is happening. It makes me feel happy. I am a newcomer, and your posts tell me when there are new holidays and what is happening in the schools. You guys post daily about kids going to book clubs or events where families can go and participate,” said Samay.
The grade 8 student loves school and is particularly interested in Math and Science. His warm personality and positive attitude has inspired peers as well as teachers.
"Samay is very polite and respectful,” shared teacher, Calvin Yong. “He perseveres in giving his best effort and always has a smile on his face. He is also a deep thinker and considerate of his peers."
In only a few months, Samay has embraced life in Canada. He credits the staff at École Charleswood School for making him feel welcomed and comfortable. Outside of the classroom, he has made a point to participate in every club, sports and event offered at the middle school. During a recent track meet, on a whim, he decided to run the 800 meters.
“I thought maybe I should try and even if I didn’t place high, at least I had the experience. I felt proud of myself for trying.”
We are #PembinaTrailsProud of Samay. We look forward to connecting with more students, staff and community through our online platforms.
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