I recently returned home from a week in Canada’s capital city, where I participated in Encounters with Canada. It is a program that runs all year, bringing 125 youth from across the country to Ottawa every week. The week that I participated in was International Affairs, with activities such as visiting Parliament’s Question Period, The Museum of Civilization, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the headquarters of the Aga Khan Development Network.
As interesting and informative as these visits were, it was the people that I shared these experiences with that made it such an amazing, memorable and rewarding week. The opportunity to meet people and learn about the provinces that they came from was truely a unique opportunity. The lasting friendships that were made from this experience made it one of the best weeks of my life.
I would like to thank the Nelson & District Credit Union for their support, allowing me to participate in such an amazing program.
Hannah Petkau, grade 12. Nelson, B.C.