OTTAWA, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Encounters with Canada, a program of the Historica-Dominion Institute, is hosting a reception to mark its 30-year anniversary. As Canada's largest youth forum, students and volunteers from across the country, dignitaries and guests from the greater-Ottawa area will be present on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre - 1805 Gaspé Avenue, Ottawa.
"Since its inception in 1982, the Encounters with Canada program has brought together more than 92,000 young Canadians from different cultures and regions to live an extraordinary bilingual experience," said Director General Linda Brunet. "For a week, these teens make new discoveries and gain a greater appreciation of their country, make enduring friendships from across the country, and become more informed and engaged citizens."
Events that will mark this auspicious occasion include a reception and a tree-planting ceremony. This will be followed by a citizenship ceremony at 7 p.m., presided over by Senior Citizenship Judge George Springate and with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Rick Dykstra in attendance. Twenty-four people will become Canada's newest citizens.
During the reception, the President of The Historica-Dominion Institute, Anthony Wilson-Smith, and the Encounters with Canada Director General will thank their many volunteers and partners for their support and assistance in making Encounters with Canada the success it has been for the past 30 years.
About The Historica-Dominion Institute
The Historica-Dominion Institute is a national charitable organization that was launched in September 2009 through the amalgamation of two existing organizations: The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute. The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest, independent organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship.
About Encounters with Canada
Encounters with Canada is a signature program of The Historica-Dominion Institute. Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens from across Canada (aged 14 to 17) come to Ottawa, where they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience.
SOURCE: Encounters with Canada
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