Once Upon a Time at EWC

September 7, 2008

EWC Alumni visit Halifax for Democracy 250

September 7 - 13, 2008 - A group of EWC Alumni - 108 student alumni, five teachers, three EWC staff and three Historica staff - travelled to Halifax to take part in Democracy 250 celebrations.

September 13, 2007

EWC participants take part in a ceremony of dedication at Canada's National Military Cemetery

Encounters with Canada 1987 alumnus, The Honourable Jason Kenney, then Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, and EWC participants joined forces to renew a commitment of commemoration to Canadian veterans, war dead, and members of the Canadian Forces at a ceremony of dedic

September 19, 1982

Encounters with Canada opens its doors

Encounters with Canada, originally a program of the Canadian Unity Council, opened its doors for the very first time to teenagers across Canada.

September 19, 1984

EWC participants meet Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

Prime Minister Brian Mulroney met Encounters with Canada participants during Pope John Paul II's visit to Ottawa.

October 14, 2002

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visits the RCMP Musical Ride Headquarters

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited the RCMP Musical Ride Headquarters, which is right beside the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre.

October 16, 2007

Governor General Michaëlle Jean invites EWC Journalism & Communications students to the Governor General’s Youth Dialogues

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada (2005-2010), invited EWC’s Journalism & Communications participants to the Governor General’s Youth Dialogues – “Flash Drive: A Capital Assignment.” The three-day forum was an initiative of the National Capital Commission (N

October 28, 1982

The Official Opening Ceremonies of the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre and the Encounters with Canada Program are held

His Excellency, then Governor General Ed Schreyer (1979-1984) with his wife, Lily, presided over the Official Opening Ceremonies of the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre and the Encounters with Canada program, although the program had started earlier that year on September 19.

November 4, 2015

EWC participants attend the inauguration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was inaugurated as Prime Minister of Canada at Rideau Hall and EWC Arts & Culture participants were invited to attend. And after the ceremony, many had their photos taken with the new PM and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

November 6, 2006

Participant Damien Kurek meets Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Canada Remembers participant Damien Kurek met then Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his office on Parliament Hill, along with Director General Linda Brunet. A great honour for this Consort, Alberta teen!

November 21, 2017

EWC Sports & Fitness participants see the Grey Cup at Rideau Hall

Sports & Fitness participants greeted Her Excellency Governor General Julie Payette and 14th CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie at Rideau Hall, where they had the opportunity to have their pictures taken with the Grey Cup.

December 1, 1983

MP Svend Robinson speaks to Law participants

Svend Robinson, MP (1979-2004), one of the longest-serving members in the House of Commons, representing the Vancouver-area constituency of Burnaby, BC, for the New Democratic Party, spoke to EWC’s Law participants at the Centre.

December 12, 2009

EWC alumni attend pre-Olympic meetings in Vancouver

EWC alumni, who later attended the March 2010 Paralympic Games, held pre-event meetings in Vancouver. In all, 16 former participants and four teacher monitors attended the March 10 to 17, 2010 Paralympic Games.