MY FIRST EXPERIENCE HOSTING A MEANINGFUL MEAL IN MONTREAL

Last night on World Food Day (October 16, 2016), I had the absolute pleasure of hosting my first meaningful meal with other like-minded individuals, who strongly believe that a better world is possible. For the past couple of weeks, I have been in contact with several students from different high schools, colleges and universities around the city of Montreal, who have been involved with World Vision Youth Canada in some way or another. Many of these students were introduced to me by my coach, and others were part of different World Vision associations located around the city, but we all share one thing is common, which is having a hunger free world. Leading up to the event, I was quite nervous since I had never planned an event of this sort especially for such an important cause, and was not sure of what to expect. I prepared different questions in case we ran out of things to talk about, along with many games to entertain the guests.

Finally the day arrived, and was feeling incredibly excited to meet other individuals who share my passion for social justice. To be honest, the event did not go as I had planned or imagined, but was even better than I expected in the end. For this meal, I chose a delicious vegan restaurant in a vibrant neighborhood in Montreal, the plateau Mont-Royal, and invited approximately ten students. To my disappointment, several of the students were not able to attend the event, and only a couple of people showed up. However, this turned out to be a delightful surprise. It made the whole atmosphere much more personable, and we all were at ease with each other. Due to this, we got to share our experiences with regard to social justice, and ideas to collaborate for the future. These students even showed interest in possibly hosting their own meaningful meal in the near future. Overall, this was an unforgettable moment, and I am enormously glad I decided to participate in this brilliant challenge, by bringing strangers together and having meaningful conversations about world hunger.

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