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March 18, 2014

Rielle Gagnon wins the first ever Encounters’ Twitter contest

On March 7, 2014, Encounters with Canada held its first “tweet contest” ever. Entitled #bestexperiencedemavie, this contest invited 2014 Journalism and Communications participants to share the best moment of their Encounters experience on Twitter.

The winner: Rielle Gagnon, a 17-year-old student from Lloydminster, Alberta. This vibrant and charming young woman, was very excited to be the winner of this milestone contest. Although candidly admitting that she is not an inveterate techie, Rielle regularly uses social media and sees it as an excellent communication and information-sharing tool.

Inspired by her grandfather, a World War II veteran who recently passed away, the concept of Rielle’s tweet was of particular importance to her. Her photo — beautiful, with its cold-warm contrasts and its moment-of-reverence inspiring tranquility — was taken at Beechwood Cemetery (the National Cemetery of Canada) during the Peace Module. The message, "Remembering all those who helped make our country the wonderful place it is!" speaks for itself. "The Peace Module ceremony was probably the most moving moment. But there are just so many amazing moments; it’s tough to pick one! But this special moment, at the Beechwood Cemetery, was undoubtedly the most emotional of my week."

Another memorable time for Rielle was the day she spent at the Montreal studios of CBC-Radio-Canada. "I did not know we were going to Montreal—this was a lovely surprise! I participated in the television workshop in French, and it was very interesting. I loved touring the studios and I had no idea that there were that many jobs!

Will Rielle ultimately pursue her studies in journalism or communications? It’s hard to say! “I’m not sure! It’s so hard to know what you want to do, because there are about a million options that you can pick from… But, I do like writing. And I’m also interested in sciences. I mean, journalism and communications are skills that you can use no matter what you do. So I figured I could not go wrong with this week!"

Would she recommend EWC to her friends? “DEFINITELY! I would recommend this experience to everyone I know! I’ve never experienced anything like this, and I don’t think you can even put it into words. I was thinking of what I should write for my tweet, but you can’t put this week into 140 characters, there is no way! I think everyone would agree that the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Encounters is the friends you make. I have no doubt that I will keep in touch with them for many years.”

On behalf of the entire EWC team, congratulations to Rielle Gagnon on winning the first ever Encounters’ Twitter contest. We wish her the best of luck in the pursuit of her studies and her dreams!

View Rielle's winning tweet On March 7, 2014, Encounters with Canada held its first “tweet contest” ever. Entitled #bestexperiencedemavie, this contest invited 2014 Journalism and Communications participants to share the best moment of their Encounters experience on Twitter.

The winner: Rielle Gagnon, a 17-year-old student from Lloydminster, Alberta. This vibrant and charming young woman, was very excited to be the winner of this milestone contest. Although candidly admitting that she is not an inveterate techie, Rielle regularly uses social media and sees it as an excellent communication and information-sharing tool.

Inspired by her grandfather, a World War II veteran who recently passed away, the concept of Rielle’s tweet was of particular importance to her. Her photo — beautiful, with its cold-warm contrasts and its moment-of-reverence inspiring tranquility — was taken at Beechwood Cemetery (the National Cemetery of Canada) during the Peace Module. The message, "Remembering all those who helped make our country the wonderful place it is!" speaks for itself. "The Peace Module ceremony was probably the most moving moment. But there are just so many amazing moments; it’s tough to pick one! But this special moment, at the Beechwood Cemetery, was undoubtedly the most emotional of my week."

Another memorable time for Rielle was the day she spent at the Montreal studios of CBC-Radio-Canada. "I did not know we were going to Montreal—this was a lovely surprise! I participated in the television workshop in French, and it was very interesting. I loved touring the studios and I had no idea that there were that many jobs!

Will Rielle ultimately pursue her studies in journalism or communications? It’s hard to say! “I’m not sure! It’s so hard to know what you want to do, because there are about a million options that you can pick from… But, I do like writing. And I’m also interested in sciences. I mean, journalism and communications are skills that you can use no matter what you do. So I figured I could not go wrong with this week!"

Would she recommend EWC to her friends? “DEFINITELY! I would recommend this experience to everyone I know! I’ve never experienced anything like this, and I don’t think you can even put it into words. I was thinking of what I should write for my tweet, but you can’t put this week into 140 characters, there is no way! I think everyone would agree that the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Encounters is the friends you make. I have no doubt that I will keep in touch with them for many years.”

On behalf of the entire EWC team, congratulations to Rielle Gagnon on winning the first ever Encounters’ Twitter contest. We wish her the best of luck in the pursuit of her studies and her dreams!

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