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Fox Valley student gets opportunity to visit artistic side in Ottawa

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Anna Wiggins at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa. Anna Wiggins at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa.

This March, a young Southwest Saskatchewan student was thrilled to represent her hometown of Fox Valley at a youth program in Ottawa.

Anna Wiggins, age 16, participated in the Arts and Culture curriculum from March 8-14.
The program, which is in its 33rd year, is called Encounters with Canada. Every week throughout the school year, students from all across Canada meet in Ottawa to connect with peers with similar interests, learn more about Canada, tour Ottawa and explore future career options.
Departing from Medicine Hat airport on the Sunday morning, Anna arrived at the Terry Fox Youth Centre in time for supper and to meet the other 84 participants. It was her first time interacting with Canadians conversing in both of Canada’s official languages.
Each day, she took part in workshops ranging from Djembe Drumming to Break Dancing to a Shakespearean study.
Group trips to the National Art Gallery and a war memorial service at Beechwood Cemetery were especially memorable. A further highlight was meeting Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson who took her on a personal tour of the Parliament Buildings.
The youth forum provides a unique bilingual opportunity to meet teens all the way from Arctic Bay, NU to Grand Falls, NB sharing ideas and discovering Canada together.
Encounters with Canada is a very affordable experience as the travel costs are covered by EWC. Besides Arts and culture one can choose between 13 different theme weeks including Environment and Ecology, Health and Medicine, RCMP, Law, and Sports and Fitness. Those between the ages of 14-17 who are interested and want  to visit the Nation’s capital too, can go to: and live the EWC experience.

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