Local youth joins teens across Canada on Ottawa trip

By Kathy Gallant
September 18, 2017 - 1:49pm Updated: September 18, 2017 - 2:22pm

A Grade 12 Meadow Lake student learned a bit more about the life of other teengers across Canada after a recent school trip to Ottawa. 

Leila Mitchell, along with her classmate Zane Klics departed on an activity-filled week-long trip with Encounters with Canada on Sept. 9 and returned this past weekend. They were two of 130 participants in a law and justice-themed week. 

Mitchell said the trip was one of the best weeks of her life as she had the chance to meet and interact with others her age across the country. Over the course of the week, the group toured Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Canadian War Museum. There were also several guest speakers, including government representatives and a war veteran.

Mitchell said she knew other Carpenter High students who attended the program and she decided this past spring to apply. 

“I thought it would be a cool way to meet people,” she said. “It was a good choice and it’s really awesome. One highlight was this show called the Northern Lights – they told the history of Canada on the Parliament building, it was so beautiful.”

She said that the bilingual program was very diverse, and gave her a great opportunity to travel and see more of the country she grew up in.

“It was really cool coming from such a small town and go somewhere so big,” Mitchell said. “You get to meet all these people from different places and hear what it’s like where they’re from, and learn about this great country.”  




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