Shuo Wang, also known as Kate, is a Community Connections Coordinator in our Community Connections department and she is also an International Student Connect Facilitator at our centre.
Kate was born and raised in China. She grew up as the only child in a traditional family where she first learned and developed an interest in Chinese music and Ping-Pong. After studying literature back home in China, Kate worked as a reporter and also as a teacher where she enjoyed meeting new people and having the ability to help others.
Kate started her journey to Canada as a new bride in 2019. Due to the pandemic, Kate and her husband were separated for more than two years under different countries’ travel restrictions. This was very challenging as Kate had to navigate and settle into a new country alone. To make things easier, she continued to introduce herself as Kate, which was a name picked by her supervisor back when she was in school.
Kate started at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre as a volunteer in 2019 when she was also an international student at Brock University. “The Folk Arts was the first place that supported me and introduced me to a local but multicultural community in my new home of Canada.” During her time as a volunteer, Kate enjoyed serving newcomers from diverse backgrounds and she loved learning about all the different cultures. After graduating, Kate joined the Folk Arts and started to work as the International Student Connect Facilitator, and shortly after that, as a Community Connections Coordinator. Kate has a passion for helping others grow and she is now able to assist newcomers and international students like herself settle and flourish in the community.
“What I love most about working at the Centre is that I am privileged to engage with people from all over the world, learn about their culture and their lives. It is fascinating to hear each other’s stories and be amazed by how little we know outside of our own bubble."