On November 30, Confucius Institute in New Brunswick (CINB) held the 10th anniversary celebration and a series of related activities. Mr. Brian Kenny, director of Education Department of New Brunswick, Mr. John McLaughlin, Deputy Minister of New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and President and CEO of Atlantic Education International (AEI) and chairman of CINB, four people from Qufu Normal University with the vice president, Mr.Hu Qingxue, and the president, famous contemporary educator, Mr. Wang Benzhong, member of CINB Board of Directors and chairman of AKD International, Dr. Francis Pang, Executive Director of CINB, Mrs. Dawn Weatherbie, councillor of Fredericton, directors of English District of New Brunswick Education Department, the foreign director of CINB, Mrs. Teng Jing, over 100 educational officials and presidents gathered together in Fredericton to attend the 10th anniversary of CINB and the opening ceremony of Confucius Classroom in Park Street Elementary School. 

Celebration activities consist of the following three parts.

1. The opening ceremony of Confucius Classroom in Park Street Elementary School.

2. The Board of Directors meeting of CINB.

3. The banquet for the 10th anniversary.

(Teachers and students’ team of the CINB won first prize in the Santa Claus Parade)

 

At 5:00 p.m, on Nov.25th in 2017, the annual Santa Claus Parade was held in Moncton of New Brunswick. About 80,000 citizens from different districts gathered together to watch this grand activity. After nightfall, all kinds of beautiful floats came into view in order, conveying best Christmas wishes to people. In general, this activity is wonderful and attractive. The faculty and students from Confucius Institute in New Brunswick wore animal costumes of panda and typical Chinese zodiac signs and held colorful Chinese dancing fans and Tai Chi fans. With cute image and unique design, they danced and performed while walking, which gained warm applause and high appreciation of the audience. In these floats, many students are students of the Chinese credit course of the Confucius Institute, the students greeted each other in Chinese and sent festive greetings to the audience with full enthusiasm as well.

Santa Claus Parade of Moncton started from 1967. It is held on last week’s Saturday of November each year and there are always more than one hundred floats every year. After 49 years’ development, it has become the grandest activity for festival celebration, which often attracts 100,000 audience. This year marks the seventh time for Confucius Institute in New Brunswick to participate in this activity. The faculty and excellent high school students in mandarin class extended their best wishes to audience. The enthusiastic audience waved and said hello to the team of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick and even some kids clapped hands and hugged with Chinese teachers. Many of them are the members of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick and they said hello in Chinese loudly, which made Chinese teachers very surprised and proud. 

In this activity, the Confucius Institute and high school cooperative float parade was rated as the first prize among high school groups in Moncton. 

The amazing performance of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick impressed the audience and enabled them to experience Chinese culture. Moncton television station covered a full live broadcast and conveyed the best wishes of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick to thousands of households and brought happiness to everyone.

Local time September 26, at 9 am, Hanban Beijing Normal University art troupe arrived in Fredericton, the capital city of New Brunswick, presented the first fantastic Chinese traditional art performance. The performance took place at Park Street Elementary School which has the Chinese program for six years and also has a Confucius Classroom. On the day of the show, more than 500 teachers and students wearing colorful school uniforms watched the show. In order to welcome the Hanban art troupe, the students produced the "welcome" sign in three languages , showing the students’ enthusiasm for Chinese culture and the arrival of the Hanban art troupe. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick (CINB), the performance is also the celebration for CINB.

The government officials and Education Departmant officials of New Brunswick attended this event with Ms. Teng Jing, director of CINB. The Honorable Stephen Horsman, Deputy Premier of New Brunswick, Mr. Chris Treadwell, Assistant Deputy Minister, and the respectively Councilor Bruce Grandy gave a speech before the performances started, affirmed the positive role of this art troupe in promoting cultural exchanges between China and Canada and he expressed sincere gratitude for the efforts made by the Confucius Institute in various fields over the past decade.

At the beginning of the show, Chen Junfeng, a volunteer teacher of CINB at Park Street Primary School, led the whole school to greet to all performers in Chinese, and the enthusiasm of the children also infected them. From the Beijing Normal University Art Department, the actors offered one after another wonderful performances for everyone, at the beginning of the show, the martial arts performances made the audience exclaimed, beautiful traditional instruments, magnificent dance performances surprised all the audience .  

October is the harvest season and grateful season. Gathered in the harvest time with the thankful heart, New Brunswick Confucius Institute and Jasmine Art Troupe performed a fabulous Chinese dance feast at St. Mark's United Church Saint John on October 21, 2017. This wonderful performance attracted hundreds of local people come to watch, while kept the warm applause and praise lasting for 3 hours.

Confucius Institute students from Harbor View High School presented a wonderful tai chi performance with the CINB kongfu master, Guan Yuqi. Dressed in Tai chi suit, preformed Tai chi, in this way, the students showed the great enthusiasm of Chinese culture with their persistence, interpreted the profound understanding of Chinese culture with precise action. The show was met with thunderous applause. The audience not only exclaimed the charm of Tai Chi, but also expressed gratitude to CINB for sharing Taichi and other amazing Chinese culture to students in this small city, which is thousands of miles away from China.

At the tenth anniversary of New Brunswick Confucius Institute, we will always hold on original will, strive to break new ground and make great progress.

On the morning of July 13, 2017, the delegation from New Brunswick of Canada visited Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and participated in the important meeting. This delegation was led by Mr.John·McLaughlin, Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development of New Brunswick, President of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick (CINB) and joined by Mr. Francis Pang, president of Jiahuang Co. Chairman of CINB, Mr. Zhixiong Zhang, Executive Director of BCCSC and Ms. Teng Jing, the Foreign Director of CINB. 

Ms. Jing Wei, Deputy Director of the Hanban, Deputy Executive Director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Ms. Shifang Ren, Division Chief of American and Oceania Affairs of Hanban, and Mr. Songming Qu, Supervisor of American and Oceania Affairs of Hanban and Mr. Zhaoxi Meng, Program officer of American and Oceania Affairs of Hanban met with the delegation of Education and Early Childhood Development Department of New Brunswick, Canada and attended the meeting. Ms. Jing Wei expressed her welcome to Mr. John McLaughlin, thanked the Education Department in New Brunswick for its consistent support to the Confucius Institute and congratulated CINB on becoming one of the global advanced Confucius Institute last year. She pointed out that the Hanban would like to provide Confucius students with Chinese language and culture learning conditions and development opportunities which are more suitable for the local education system and enhance the quality of teaching so as to promote development of the program and Sino-Canadian collaboration. Hanban will spare no effort to support the Confucius Institute for the good development and contribute to the friendship between China and Canada.