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Helen E. Taylor students off to Ottawa for Forum for Young Canadians

March 04, 2015

Two students from Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley will head off to Ottawa this weekend to attend the Forum for Young Canadians, a week-long event offered by The Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada.

The Forum for Young Canadians offers students first-hand access to the exciting world of national politics and public affairs. Students will network, become more comfortable with a second language, and translate their leadership skills into real community action.

Principal Lynda Miller says Grade 9 students Heather Taylor and Hannah Wood are looking forward to this educational and culturally enriching experience.

“The ‘Forum experience’ is a very intense and academic week for students,” says Principal Miller. “With only three sessions of the program offered this year, we are fortunate to have two students be part of this experience. Our students are among a handful of young Albertans who will join a group of 87 students, aged 15-19, from across the nation for a week on Parliament Hill.”

As part of the application process, students must submit a resume and motivation letter.

During the week, Heather and Hannah will experience how decisions are made nationally, while sharing their voices and opinions. The pair will be joined by Mr. Robinson, a Grade 9 social studies teacher at Helen E. Taylor School.

“The students will experience excellent networking opportunities when they attend a breakfast with Senate, followed by a dinner with Members of Parliament,” says Catherine McDonald, Manager of Programs and Outreach for the Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada. “The Forum will also include simulations by Elections Canada, Cabinet and Export Development Canada. During the latter, students will attempt to export a product to another country. The week includes a tour of Parliament and the Governor General’s residence. Students will spend a day at the war museum and also visit the war memorial in Ottawa.”

The Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1975 with a goal to promote an understanding among young Canadians of the role and function of Canada’s three levels of democratic government, while promoting awareness of the meaning of Canadian citizenship. The Foundation is devoted to fostering leadership skills in young Canadians – demystifying the political process and helping bright students get their voices heard. 

For more information on the Forum for Young Canadians, visit http://forum.ca/

Photo Caption: Heather Taylor (l) and Hannah Wood (r), Grade 9 students at Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley, will attend a week-long Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa this month.