In 1951, The Rotary Club of Ottawa established its annual "Adventure in Citizenship" Program in which some 220 senior high school students, from across Canada, spend four days in Ottawa experiencing tours, lectures, discussions and social events designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Canadian citizenship. Public figures including former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the Right Hon. Joe Clark, and the Hon. Ed Broadbent participated in the program as students.
This annual event provides a unique opportunity for a selected group of young Canadians to come together to gain a better understanding of our country. Through meetings with political leaders, senior officials and others, they learn a great deal about the workings of our democratic institutions. Through meeting one another and having discussions among themselves, they learn to appreciate the diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.
Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program
Our supporting partners:
Canadian Heritage - Exchanges Canada
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Centre for Conflict Resolution International
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
National Capital Commission (NCC)
Parliamentary Page Program
Speaker and Clerk of the House of Commons
University of Ottawa
Young Citizen’s Foundation
Thanks for an amazing trip! I went to Ottawa being a proud Canadian, and cam home so much prouder than before. I have such a greater appreciation for the best country in the world. Canada! I met so many people from coast to coast, who all may live in different places, but all share the common Canadian Identity!
— Sawn Nicholson, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The experience in Ottawa has been nothing but absolutely amazing!
— Cherry Fung, West Vancouver, British Columbia
The program evolves from year to year in response to the changing political agenda of the country and to new opportunities. The following is a brief description of a typical program:
Day 1: The Adventure begins with introductions and our opening plenary session with a keynote speaker and a mock election for the program's Prime Minster is announced. After lunch, the Adventurer's enjoy a tour of the city and its many historical sites, followed by a visit to a national museum. The first day ends in the Province of Quebec with a French Canadian traditional dinner and music provided by a group of Quebec fiddlers.