“Community Champions” is a media marketing campaign led by the South Okanagan-Similkameen Community Immigration Partnership (SOSLIP) and supported by Castanet. We share tales that raise consciousness about the contributions that immigrants make to the community even though introducing the compact businesses of new Canadians.
The household driving JJ Pleasure in Penticton are joyful to simply call Canada house and share the food stuff of their Asian heritage.
Jung Shil (Sylvia) Hwang and her relatives moved to Canada from South Korea about 8 yrs ago. Initial, her husband, Sang Deok (Tony) Park, acquired a job in Alberta and moved there on his own. Sylvia and their son, Jun, joined him in a number of months.
“My daily life was extremely different prior to we arrived to Canada. I was a ballerina and taught young children at a dance academy. My partner was a chef at Tony Roma’s, a chain cafe specializing in ribs, and he required to immigrate to Canada mainly because in my place folks retire early and he did not want to retire”, shares Sylvia.
“Our system was for my husband to move to Canada and for my son and me to remain in Korea but family members jointly is better, so we just followed him below.”
When Sylvia moved to Alberta she invested a large amount of time with their son. “In Korea, I was pretty busy and our son was in a daycare and he was just constantly ready for me. So, in Alberta I used all my time with our son and was so pleased.”
Immediately after a calendar year and a 50 %, they moved to Penticton. “My daughter, Hannah, was born at the Penticton Healthcare facility, so Penticton is her property town,” provides Sylvia with a major smile.
It took the relatives more than four many years to ultimately get their immigration paperwork. For Sylvia, the most hard matter was to master the language.
She took the free of charge English language lessons at the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Providers (SOICS). She also identified it tough to navigate the Canadian schooling process as it is quite unique from the 1 in Korea.
“But where ever we go, people today are incredibly practical,” she explained.
In 2018 they opened Joy Buffet at the Cannery in Penticton. It was a buffet-type restaurant serving signature ribs and a quantity of Asian dishes.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the loved ones had to transform the setting and get rid of the buffet. They transformed the title to “JJ Joy” not to confuse prospects about the buffet availability, and switched to a la carte.
“Our specialty is ribs – they are quite soft and soften in your mouth,” chuckles Sylvia. “Our shoppers also like our other dishes, this kind of Chow Mein and Pad Thai. We have Korean dishes as nicely, these kinds of as Bulgogi and sweet and spicy BBQ rooster.”
“My guidance to other immigrants coming to Canada is to try and discover some English in advance of you arrive. Also, you want a good intellect. It is pretty valuable in settlement. Now that we are settled a very little bit I experience really grateful,” concludes Sylvia.