Cooking class will help immigrants adapt to life in Canada more quickly

Cooking class will help immigrants adapt to life in Canada more quickly, Iryna Chyrkova

The cooking course Flavours of Home lasts 12 weeks and it is aimed at helping immigrants feel at home in a new country.

On this course, women (and possibly men) will learn many of the recipes of Canadian cuisine. They will also find out where to buy all the necessary foods.

"That's an important part of settlement, and to feel like you belong as a Canadian," says Mary Jane Eason, owner of Mary Jane's Cooking School. "If you go to a new country you want to know how to cook their food."

Jane has been running a culinary school for about 20 years. She is a professional nutritionist and a fan of quality and healthy food.

Ariana Yaftali who moved from Afghanistan about 15 years ago helps Mary Jane Eason. She is also one of the founders of the Afghan Canadian Women's Organization. About a year ago, she came to Jane and offered her to create a class for immigrants to help them adapt to Canada and to become familiar with local life and cuisine.

"Some of the women have been here for years, and others only two months," says Yaftali. "They can gather and learn from each other, and from Mary Jane.

Ariana Yaftali says that food helps to settle in a new country and to feel like one of the locals. 

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