The Participant Christmas Banquet is a highly anticipated event, every year, for Gateway participants. This special day includes an early dismissal at 2:30, allowing everyone time to go home early and dress up for the evening. Doors open (at the Days Inn Conference Centre) at 5:30 p.m. and the evening officially starts at 6:00 p.m. This is a wonderful time to socialize with friends in a non-working atmosphere; to share gifts and cards, and to enjoy good food (prepared by George K. Catering). Everyone enjoys lively music and there is always some form of musical entertainment after the meal. Joel Klassen, (for the past 2 years) entertained us with a Christmas carol sing-along and this year his sons joined him. Many get up to participate in the singing (some right on stage with the performer) and dance along to the music. The evening ends with each participant receiving a Christmas gift from the organization as they head out the door.