Encounters with Canada, a unique program which holds more than 75 000 alumni who all share a unique experience and feeling of belonging, is returning to its original name

    OTTAWA, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Encounters with Canada, the popular youth
program that takes place at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Ottawa, is
returning to its original name. As the largest youth forum in Canada, it has
had a profound impact on a whole generation of Canadians over the past
25 years.
    "We listened to the feedback from teachers, volunteers and alumni, said
Mr. Colin Robertson, President of the Historica Foundation of Canada, which
has taken over the program since September 2006. Our partners in the
community, including the Royal Canadian Legion and other service
organizations, also encouraged us to return to the original name. We recognize
that Encounters with Canada reflects what the program is all about and as part
of actively enhancing what is a proven, successful program, the return to
"Encounters with Canada" will contribute to our ongoing efforts".
    The name Encounters with Canada will be preceded by the Historica's
banner, a charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians discover the
fascinating stories that make our country unique. Through Historica's
education programs and authoritative resources, it connects Canadians to our
many histories. We invite you to learn more about Historica and Encounters
with Canada at www.histori.ca.

    Historica - Encounters with Canada, at a glance:

    - Encounters with Canada is an educational program, complete with
      housing, situated at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Canada's
    - The program hosts 3,000 high school students, ages 14 to 17 from across
      the country every year;
    - Encounters with Canada is a one-week program about citizenship
      awareness and leadership skills divided into two parts: familiarization
      with Canadian institutions and exploration of one sub-theme of interest
      among twelve;
    - 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the Encounters with Canada program.

For further information:

For further information: please contact: Jacinthe Benoit, Director of
Communications, Encounters with Canada, 1-800-361-0419 ext. 224, (613)
744-1290 ext. 224, Jbenoit@histori.ca

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