Since 1951...
 

 
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.
 
Margot Nicholls
Program Coordinator 
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
Elections 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.
 
 
 
Connect with Us: #AIC2017
Students can request to join this closed group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/237116383424296/
 
 
Students can follow this Twitter handle: @AIC_Ottawa and use the hashtag: #AIC2017. This club administrator will retweet some of the students' tweets if they use the hashtag.
Students can follow this Instagram handle: @rotaryottawa and use the hashtag: #AIC2017. The club administrator will repost some of the students' posts if they use the hashtag. 
 
 
Host Family Registration Form
 
Host Family Registration Form: complete and submit online
 
 
Student Adventurer 2017
 
Adventure in Citizenship Video - longer
 
 
In October of each year, an information brochure and registration form are emailed to Club Presidents and club Secretaries of all Rotary Clubs in Canada (as per the Rotary International Directory of that year). In addition, registration forms for Sponsoring Clubs are available on this website. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scholarship Opportunity
The Young Citizens Foundation partners with the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program to offer three deserving participants a $1,000.00 scholarship for first year tuition. Apply Now!
 
Contact Us
Margot Nicholls
Program Coordinator
C/o Box 553, 1748 South Russell Rd.
Russell, On K4R lE7
Phone:  613-860-1521
Fax: 613-445-6438
 
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