OTTAWA, April 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orléans), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding to the Rotary Club of Ottawa for its Adventure in Citizenship Program for youth.
"The Adventure in Citizenship Program offers a wonderful opportunity for youth to come to our nation's capital, interact with others from across the country, and deepen their knowledge of Canada and its institutions," said Mr. Galipeau. "We are pleased to help the Rotary Club of Ottawa hold this event that will encourage participants to become engaged in their future, and in Canada's future."
Funding will enable 220 young people from across Canada, aged 16 to 18, to come to Ottawa and take part in the program, which will be held April 27 to May 1, 2013. Participants will explore the workings of our democratic institutions and learn about both the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship through workshops and plenary sessions. They will also take part in a variety of activities and excursions, including touring the Supreme Court of Canada, Rideau Hall, and the House of Commons, as well as the future Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.
"Our Government is offering young Canadians the opportunity to connect with their peers, exchange ideas, and learn about what makes us Canadian," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to invest in programming that helps youth become active citizens who will contribute to the strength of our great country."
"The Rotary Club of Ottawa is grateful for the support provided by the Government of Canada for the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program, now in its 63rd year. This funding is helping us bring young leaders to our capital and provide them with a dynamic learning experience appreciating the diversity of Canada," said Julie Cugalj, Board Member and Chairperson of the 2013 Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program, Rotary Club of Ottawa. "I'm excited to welcome our group of 220 young participants this weekend and offer them a unique, four-day program in which they can explore their shared values and identity, as well as gain a better understanding of both the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $20,000 through the Exchanges Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This initiative helps Canadian youth connect with one another, experience the diversity of Canada's communities, languages and cultures, and get involved in the future of the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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