To show appreciation for all the hard working and incredibly caring host families, Cambridge Network held a Host Family Appreciation Contest. We asked our Support Services Coordinators and international students to nominate the host families that they believe go above and beyond in their role as a host to international students.
We received some incredible stories from both our staff and students that set the bar high for future host families. The Host Appreciation Contest featured three categories for student nominations, and three categories for Support Services Coordinators.
Student Nomination Categories:
Most Fun Host – The winner of this award goes above and beyond to make sure their international student has the best time doing any activity- whether it is school related, Cambridge Homestay related, or family related.
David & Laura Shaughnessy, nominated by student Jacky Tan
Most Supportive Host – The winner of this award is always there for their international student. Whether it’s help with homework, after school activities, fitting in, culture shock or life in general, you know you can go to this host for anything and everything.
The Barnes Family, nominated by student Jiahua Liu
The Nyahanana Family, nominated by student Yuanqi Jing
Chris Biache & Maeve Cannon, nominated by student Yu Xia
The Lien Family, nominated by Langting Deng
Most Loving Host – The winner of this award goes out of their way to show that they care for their international student.
Marcela & Joaquin Equila, nominated by student Wu Zhewei
Diane & Dave Durniok, nominated by student Biting Zhao
The Johnson Family, nominated by student Marshall Deng
Leah Lenk, nominated by student Yilun Zhou
SSC Nomination Categories:
Most Involved Host – The winner of this award is very involved in the day-to-day life of their international student, is very responsive to SSC requests and treats the student like their own child.
Helen and Steve Livingston, nominated by SSC Rosalind Conner
Eileen Mannix, nominated by SSC Sarah Martin
Sherri McGrew, nominated by SSC Kathy Turner
Diane Durniok, nominated by SSC Tiffany Hamilton
Most Supportive Host – The winner of the award is always there for their international student. Whether it’s help with homework, after school activities, fitting in, or life in general, you know you can go to this host for anything and everything.
Jill Dalrymple, nominated by SSC Jason Teubner
Patty Mikolon, nominated by SSC Jessica Heron
Karen McFaddon, nominated by SSC Kathy Turner
Andrea Smith, nominated by SSC Brittany Stewart
Rookie of The Year – The winner of this award is new to hosting with us this year, but acts as though they’ve been doing it forever. They picked up the core concepts quickly, and are excited to continue hosting in the future.
Marty Glautia, nominated by SSC Rosalind Conner
The Novozinksy Family, nominated by SSC Sarah Martin
Ali Anderson, nominated by SSC Kathy Turner
Marcela & Joaquin Equila, nominated by SSC Tiffany Hamilton
Thanks to all the students and SSCs that recognized the profound efforts put forth by these Host Families. We appreciate the time taken to give credit to the hosts, and look forward to hearing more of these stories in the future.