My Year in Canada - Jakob Sundman

 
 
Soon to be departing for a cross Canada trip, then home to Sweden in July, Jakob Sundman, Rotary Exchange Student, shared his stories about his year in Canada.  Past President Sam Brady and Chair of the Rotary Exchange Program recalls Jakob Michael Sundman arriving as a quiet 16 year old. 
 
He now possesses greater confidence and memories, has made new friends and considers others as part of his extended family. 
 
Sam describes Jakob as very polite, an avid sports fan, talented with video games and tolerant of those younger than himself.  It has been a pleasure having Jakob in their home. 
 
Jakob feels as though the year has been short and that makes him sad to know it is coming to an end.  He wouldn't mind staying a little longer.  Centennial Secondary School is a much bigger school than he has ever been in.  In August 2013 he didn't know anyone, but he has played football and rugby, making many new friends. 
 
The Haslets, Ruth, Graham and their children Lily and Gabe, was his first host family and he thanked them very much for their hospitality and trips as part of the family.  He considers himself very lucky to have stayed with such great families.  
 
He is truly grateful, although accused of showing little emotion or appreciation at times.  He has gone skiing, attended a Blue Jays baseball game, went to Florida during the March break and was robbed in New York, although he successfully retrieved his wallet!  Jakob appreciates his home Club of Sweden in choosing him for the exchange trip and thankful to the Rotary Club of Belleville for supporting him here.  Larry Dufty thanked Jakob for his presentation, describing him as a great ambassador.