MONTREAL, AUGUST 30, 2012- Denushan Nadarajah and Abhinaya Uthamacumara, students at Rosemount High School and Marymount Academy respectively, will be among several dozen English Montreal School Board students heading this year to The Terry Fox Youth Centre in Ottawa to take part in Canada’s largest youth forum, Encounters with Canada. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Encounters with Canada has been host to more than 90,000 students, offering 26 different theme weeks each year.
Students aged 14 to 17 from across the country take part in Encounters with Canada and spend a week exploring topics such as Arts and Culture, Sports and Fitness, Science and Technology, Journalism and Communications, Law, Ecology and Environment , and International Affairs and Politics in Canada. There are also weeks which focus on topics such as the RCMP, Canada Remembers and Vimy Canada’s Coming of Age.
Denushan was awarded a week at Encounters with Canada by the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal (WCCM) after winning the EMSB public speaking competition, which took place last spring. Abhinaya received WCCM’s prestigious Merit Award. Both students will participate in several workshops and presentations that will strengthen their leadership skills and knowledge about their country. They will also be given the opportunity to explore possible future careers along with 130 other students from across Canada. Both students have chosen to attend the Medicine and Health week in September.
EMSB students that have attended the program in the past have expressed their enthusiasm, describing the entire week as “absolutely incredible” and “an experience I will always remember.”
Partial funding for twenty students will be offered by the school board once again for the 2012-2013 academic year. This will be on a first-come first-serve basis with a maximum of two students per school chosen. A “Compassion in Action” writing and video contest, co-sponsored by Encounters with Canada and LEARN, will allow five winners from across the province to take part in the Encounters program at no cost. (See www.learnquebec.ca.)
To register or for additional information, contact your school’s guidance counsellor or Christine Denommée, Assistant Director, Pedagogical Services Department, at (514) 483-7200, ext. 7235. To learn more about Encounters with Canada, go to www.encounters-rencontres.ca.