Once Upon a Time at EWC

January 8, 1982

The Canadian Unity Council presents plans for the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre

Canadian Unity Council (CUC) member Hal E. Wyatt and CUC President Roger Larose revealed the new plans for the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre.

January 27, 1985

Dr. David Suzuki speaks to Science & Technology participants at Carleton University

Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki spoke to Science & Technology participants at Carleton University. A professor of genetics at the University of British Columbia (1963-2001), Dr.

January 29, 1990

Law participants attend the inauguration of Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn

EWC Law participants had the honour of attending the swearing-in ceremony of His Excellency Ramon “Ray” Hnatyshyn, 24th Governor General of Canada (1990-1995), at Rideau Hall. In this position, he presided over many events and celebrations, including Canada’s 125th anniversary of Confederation.

February 4, 1983

Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau visits the Centre

On February 4, 1983, The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada, visited the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre to speak to the lucky Arts & Culture participants.

February 10, 2010

EWC alumni are featured at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

February 10 - 17, 2010 - Encounters with Canada was chosen to be a featured youth program for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, having the opportunity to be a part of history in the making.

February 28, 2006

Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomes EWC participant Nolan Still

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-2015), greeted RCMP participant Nolan Still at his office on Parliament Hill.

March 2, 2001

Astronaut Julie Payette speaks with EWC Science & Technology participants

Then Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, Honourary co-chair of the 10th Annual National Engineering Week in Ottawa, had the opportunity to meet and speak with EWC Science & Technology participants, who were attending the event. Ms.

March 12, 2018

EWC participants are presented to the King and Queen of the Belgians

On March 12, EWC Communications & Social Media participants had the opportunity to speak with Their Majesties King Philippe & Queen Mathilde of the Belgians at Rideau Hall, where they planted a ceremonial tree. Her Excellency Governor General Julie Payette was also in attendance.

March 16, 1984

Patrick Watson speaks with EWC Journalism & Communications participants

Media personality Patrick Watson visited the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre to speak with EWC’s Journalism & Communications participants.

April 3, 2004

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario James Bartleman meets EWC Business & Entrepreneurship participants

27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable James Bartleman, OC, OOnt, met with some Business & Entrepreneurship participants, EWC Director General Linda Brunet and Canadian Unity Council officials.

April 16, 2002

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson meets EWC participants at Rideau Hall

26th Governor General of Canada, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and her husband, John Ralston Saul, met Canada & the World participants on Parliament Hill.

May 1, 2003

The Honourable Stéphane Dion visits Encounters with Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, PC, MP (1996-2017), visited Encounters with Canada and spoke with Medicine & Health participants.

May 2, 2007

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser shares a meal with Law participants

The 6th Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser (2006-2016) shared a lunchtime meal with EWC Law participants after addressing them earlier that day. A former Canadian journalist and writer, he has written several books in both English and French.

May 16, 1999

60 EWC alumni travel to Newfoundland-Labrador to celebrate NL's 50th anniversary of joining Confederation

May 16 - 22, 1999 - 60 alumni, teacher-monitors and then Program Director Martine Dion went to Newfoundland-Labrador to celebrate NL's 50th anniversary of joining Confederation. The tradition of offering special alumni trips has continued to the present day.

June 22, 1983

Prince Charles and Princess Diana plant a tree at the Centre

On June 22, 1983, HRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana, The Prince and Princess of Wales, visited the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre and planted a ceremonial tree.

June 30, 2011

EWC alumnus Taylor Quinn meets HRH the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

EWC alumnus Taylor Quinn (Business & Entrepreneurship 2009) met HRH the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge at Rideau Hall at the invitation of 28th Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, at a Celebration of Youth Reception.

July 1, 2015

Experience Canada participants spend an exciting and wet July 1st on Parliament Hill

During the festivities, Experience Canada participants sat beside then Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and met then Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages Shelly Glover.

July 2, 2017

Experience Canada participants volunteer their services at Ottawa 2017 festivities

As part of the Ottawa 2017 activities, Experience Canada participants volunteered their services at the event “Picnic on the Bridge.” They met many Quebec and Ontario dignitaries, including Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Quebec Minister of Justice Stéphanie Val

August 18, 2014

Foxy becomes Encounters’ official mascot

EWC teacher-monitor Benoît Bourdeau won the "Name the Puppy" contest and the Harlequin poodle, acquired by Director General Linda Brunet earlier in the month, is officially dubbed "Foxy” for the first time, in honour of great Canadian hero Terry Fox, and becomes Encounters’ official mascot.

August 20, 1996

Craig Kielburger meets EWC participants

Then 14-year-old Canadian activist for the rights of children, Craig Kielburger, CM, MSM, OMC, met EWC participants at a 1996 Canadian Unity Council (CUC) Assembly. He is the co-founder, with his brother Marc Kielburger, of the Free the Children charity and of the Me to We movement.