The Virgin of Guadalupe – Patron Woman Saint of Mexico

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This painting hangs in the Basilica de Guadalupe.
(Photo: Esparto Palma / CC, Flickr)

Submitted by Javier,
Hastings Learning Centre, Hastings Racecourse, Vancouver

The Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego for the first time on December 9th, 1531. She appeared on the mountain of Tepeyac when he was walking in the direction of the church to visit his uncle, Juan Bernardino, who was gravely ill and was not recovering his health.

Juan Bernardino received a spiritual healing from the Virgin of Guadalupe, and he recovered his health. The Virgin asked Juan Diego to build a church on the Mountain of Tepeyac where the ground was flat and the hills of the mountain would protect the church.


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How to make apple butter

Ready to eat!   PHOTO – ERINSIKORSKYSTEWART / CC, FLICKR

Ready to eat!
PHOTO – ERINSIKORSKYSTEWART / CC, FLICKR

Adapted from wikiHow
Level 2

ELSA students at the Collège Éducacentre in Vancouver made apple butter.

The students peeled, cut and boiled apples.

They poured in honey.

They added cinnamon and cardamom.

They canned the apple butter.

Each student got a jar of apple butter to take home. It was the most delicious English lesson of the year!

Would you like to make apple butter?

Follow the recipe described in the PDF. It is easy!

Read the PDF and do the exercise

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A special day

Adapted from a story printed in the December, 2013 edition of The Westcoast Reader

Angela (Qing Li) Wu performed a dance called Walking in Tibet for B.C. Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon. Photos:  Heather Colpitts / Langley Advance

Angela (Qing Li) Wu performed a dance called Walking in Tibet for B.C. Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon. Photo: Heather Colpitts / Langley Advance

I’m Angela. I’m originally from China Wenzhou, Zhejiang. Wenzhou is a coastal city, it means “song and dance of the rural.” I’m a professional dancer and I used to dance in a troupe in Wenzhou. I was also a dance teacher in an art school in China. To become a professional dancer I went to the Provincial Art School in Hangzhou where I trained for 4 years. During 7 years after my training, I performed many times before coming to Canada.

In January 2010 my husband, my six-month-old daughter and I immigrated to Canada. In the beginning we felt comfortable and excited in a new country. But after a short time, I found I couldn’t understand English at all. So my friend helped me to apply for the ELSA program. At the same time I got a part-time job to teach Chinese folk dance in Surrey.

Constable Lenin Cruz , Adilia Tixal , Rasri Wood ,  Her Honour Judith Guichon, Thuy Chi Choi Nguyen, Angela (Qing Li) Wu, Kiran Sharma. Photo: Provided by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Constable Lenin Cruz , Adilia Tixal , Rasri Wood , Her Honour Judith Guichon, Thuy Chi Choi Nguyen, Angela (Qing Li) Wu, Kiran Sharma. Photo provided by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor

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