QCSS Students are “Encountering Canada”

  • Nov. 23, 2007 7:00 p.m.

submitted by J.Perry-Three students from Queen Charlotte Secondary have been chosen to go to Ottawa to participate in the Encountering Canada program. Encounters with Canada is the largest youth forum in the country and is open to all interested students aged 14-17. Students from around the country convene in one-week programs that run throughout the school year. The objective is to bring Canadians from different regions together to learn about each other and gain a better understanding of Canadian institutions. While there, they will stay at the Terry Fox Centre. The first part of their week will include trips to the House of Commons and a tour of the city. The second part of the week will be organized around one of twelve themes that the students have rated in order of preference.Brandt Decock will be the first to go. He leaves on November 28 and is participating in the Law Week. Legal highlights might include a mock trial with legal professionals, as well as visits to the Supreme Court of Canada and the RCMP Forensic Labs. In January and February, Winnie Olson and Alissa MacMullin will be on their way to Ottawa. Winnie will be attending Art & Culture week. She will attend workshops facilitated by leading artists, visit the National Art Gallery, and attend performances at the National Arts Centre. Alissa will be attending Health and Medicine week. She will be immersed in Ottawa’s medical community, which will include visits to the Canadian Agricultural Museum as part of a genetics workshop. She will also visit Faculties of Nursing and Medicine at the University of Ottawa.Each of these students goes as an ambassador of their school, as well as of their communities. It is hoped they will come home with a broader perspective of the world while gaining skills and knowledge that they can use to benefit not only their lives, but the world around them. Stay tuned for their reports!