On Saturday, June 15, more than 30 Niagara University in Ontario students and friends enjoyed a day at Canada's Wonderland. The event, part of NUO’s Newcomer & Family Support program, was the second in the Urban Excursion series.

“Urban Excursion events offer students an engaging way to explore and experience the City of Vaughan and the surrounding area's cultural, historical, and social landscapes,” said LeChelle Saunders, manager of student services and international student advising. “These events promote community building by fostering connections among students and their loved ones, enhancing their sense of belonging. Additionally, excursions to locations such as Canada's Wonderland provide students with relaxation and fun—a break from academic routines, positively contributing to students' overall well-being.”

The first event in the series was a snow tubing excursion at Snow Valley Ski Resort in February.

Acknowledging the challenges that newcomers may encounter when adjusting to a new environment, the Newcomer & Family Support program provides essential services and resources to facilitate a seamless transition to life at Niagara University and within the surrounding community for all newcomer students and their families. Through Student Services, the program provides guidance on immigration procedures, housing options, healthcare services, cultural adaptation, and more.