Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Doing Things Right
I arrived at the Thunder Bay Airport only to have to wait. A call came on my phone.
“I’ll be there in a minute,” said Prem.
He arrived and we drove to Lake Boulevard.
There, I met young new students, twenty-five or so, fresh from India. It was their first time in Canada and their first week to start a new phase in their lives. And, it was their first time meeting a white swami.
Prem has a way of doing things well. He and his wife, Sneha, take these young enthusiasts and make them feel at home. They are oriented to the beauty of nature around, then a walk by the lake, a picnic, an introduction to the quaint temple on Victoria Ave—which has attached to it, a shop for Indian goods—food and clothes. Samosas, of course, are a regular feature.
Overall, the most important way of making the students—who are all bright and really value their education—feel comfortable, is by helping them realize they have each other’s friendship, as well as the mentorship of Prem and his wife. The students are made to feel right at home while they get totally accustomed to Canada and their school.
Well, the walk around the lake was great. They got to understand what a Frisbee course was, and in the end, after our picnic, they went on to playing cricket.
The last two evening hours were spent with Prem, in his home, viewing the results of his work, and the students watching last year’s Festival of Colours. The displays and the stage show were phenomenal. He and his team do a lot of things right. They especially excel in newcomer care.
May the Source be with you!