Samosa sale supports activities of student social group

Samosas proved popular with students and staff and sold out very quickly, say the organizers of a sale in the CAW Student Centre Commons on Thursday.

Volunteer International Students Assistance (VISA) sold the delicious vegetable pastries with a tamarind sauce garnish to raise money for its social activities.

“We wanted to do something open on campus to promote the group to all students,” says Kathyani Parasram, the organization’s events coordinator. “We felt it would be great to do so by selling food that everybody would enjoy.”

Communication studies and visual arts major WinShi Wong—who bought two samosas—agrees.

“The samosas are very nice, and they’re a great change from my usual sweet snacks,” she says.

A member of VISA for over a year, the native of Malaysia finds VISA very valuable to her experience in Canada.

“Volunteering with VISA has been great because I have learned more about helping the community and seen other parts of Ontario,” she says. “I definitely can’t wait for the next trip!”

VISA meets every Friday to take part in community outreach programs and trips to sites and monuments within Ontario.

“These trips, including one to Pelee Island this fall, are a fun way to learn about Canadian culture,” Parasram explains. “They are even more enjoyable because we get to interact with our Canadian friends in a completely different setting.”

For more information on VISA and upcoming events, visit the group’s Web site.

— article and photo by Chantelle Myers