Shanza Zulfiqar is a Creative Writing Intern for GEM and she recently attended the GEM Parent Night to see what our GEMgirls and their parents thought of the evening.

On Wednesday Septembers the 30th, GEM had its first Parent’s Night at the Thorncliffe Neighborhood Office, which turned out be a huge success. A lot of the girls showed up with their parents and all of them only had one thing to say; “It was a great event, very informative and our parents look very satisfied.”

This event was a great way to communicate between the team and the families and let them know what we girls are up to. Our team took a lot of time to explain, individually, to every parent, as to what the program is about, what we do at the GEMinars and what the overall purpose of what GEM is.

All the girls in our program are from the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon area which are home to a lot of south Asian people. There are many stereotypes which give the message that people from this culture are very over-protective of their children.

Personally, I think wanting to know more about where your little girl is going every week, isn’t being protective. As I was asking the parents what they think about the event, many responded that it was very informative and cleared all the doubts they have.

“I am much more confident about Sadeka’s involvement in GEM, now that I know where she goes and what it is exactly that she does. As a mother, it is my job to look out for my kids and now I know this is one less thing I have to worry about” said Mrs. Memon.

Out of all things that happened, my personal favorite was the refreshments, as there were a variety of ethnic snacks.

Overall, everyone had a great time. We concluded this event by discussing the various trips we can plan with the GEM team and girls. I would like to say a special thank you to the GEM team for being so involved with our families and planning parent’s night. Most parents were impressed with the GEM for creating such a unique program for their girls. We love your passion and dedication – we owe it all to you guys!

Shanzah Zulfiqar is a grade 12 studen at Marc Garneau C.I., a GEMgirl and Creative Writing Intern at GEM.