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Encounters with Canada participant wins NCC journalism contest
Encounters with Canada is very proud to highlight the hard work of the student participants of the 2007 Youth Forum “Flash Drive – A Capital Assignment,” organized in partnership with the National Capital Commission (NCC).
A special three-day youth forum, affiliated with the 150th anniversary of Ottawa as Canada’s capital, was featured as part of the Journalism and Communications week, last fall. This unique hands-on experience saw the 130 young people from across Canada team up with journalists and media artists to produce videos, expressing personal views and dreams on the environment, diversity and youth culture. At the end, participants had the chance to present the results of their work to Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall.
“This week was full of adventures.” “I loved being able to work with a professional camera and photographer.” “I enjoyed meeting the Governor General. She is a phenomenal person”. These were but a few of the many comments received from participants at the conclusion of their week.
After the forum, the NCC ran a contest which encouraged participants to use their new skills on their return home. Participants were asked to write about their experience in Ottawa and speculate on what they thought the capital might look like in 10 years, on Canada’s 150th birthday. The participants had three themes to inspire them: the environment, diversity and youth culture.
The winning article, “Black holes of Ingenuity,” by 15-year-old Jill Aalhus from British Columbia, was selected from among several other submissions by an expert panel of judges, formed by the chair of the NCC, CTV’s Ottawa bureau chief and a journalist with The Canadian Press. The surprise? Jill’s winning article appeared in the January national edition of The Globe and Mail!
Encounters with Canada is proud to develop relationships with partners such as the NCC and expose its participants to the finest teaching, from the most qualified professionals. Congratulations to all who entered the journalism contest. Congratulations to the winner for her inspirational article!
For more information, please contact:
Director of Communications
Historica Encounters with Canada
1-800-361-0419, extension 224
613-744-1290, extension 224