UPDATE: The Experiences Canada Award (formerly the SEVEC Ambassador of History Award) is granted each year to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to youth discovery of the rich diversity of Canada’s history, heritage and culture through Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges Canada program. Launched in 2013, the award is granted each year in conjunction with the prestigious Governor General’s History Awards. The recipient of the award will travel to Ottawa to receive their Award at a ceremony at Rideau Hall and participate in a two-day series of events and activities organized by Canada’s History Society. Please visit: http://www.experiencescanada.ca/awards-recognition/history-award/ to nominate.
CONGRATULATIONS DIANA CLARK – RECIPIENT OF THE 2015 EXPERIENCES CANADA AMBASSADOR AWARD!
Congratulations Diana Clark, artistic director of Coastal Sound Music Academy in Coquitlam, BC, who has been awarded the 2015 Experiences Canada Ambassador Award. This award is inspired by the hundreds of teachers, group organizers, chaperones and parents who demonstrate exceptional leadership and dedication to youth through Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges Canada program each and every year.
CONGRATULATIONS CHARLENE DOBIE – RECIPIENT OF THE 2013 SEVEC AMBASSADOR AWARD!
Ms. Charlene Dobie, with Canadian Parents for French (Surrey Chapter) received SEVEC’s Ambassador Award for 2013. From left to right, Mr. Don Neeland, Chair of Experiences Canada’s Board of Directors, Ms. Charlene Dobie, Alex Butler, an SEVEC Youth Advisory Committee member who went on exchange with Ms. Dobie, and Ms. Janet Campbell, Director of the Youth Participation Directorate with Canadian Heritage.
A member of Canadian Parents for French, Charlene values French as an integral part of Canada and is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians. She is also a trustee with the Surrey School District, and since 2007, she has taken part in an SEVEC exchange each summer.
Thanks to her efforts, more than 250 youth from B.C. have travelled to Québec to expand their knowledge of French, and hosted their Québec twins in BC introducing them to the culture and lifestyle of the West Coast.She ensures that each exchange includes valuable lessons in history, culture, and linguistics.
To recognize the individuals who give so much of themselves to exchanges, SEVEC bestows, annually, the SEVEC Ambassador Award. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to youth through SEVEC’s Youth Exchanges Canada program.
CONGRATULATIONS WILLIAM MORRIS – RECIPIENT OF THE 2012 SEVEC AMBASSADOR AWARD!
Mr. William Morris, Educational Assistant at Rideau District High School, received the 2012 SEVEC Ambassador Award. From left to right, Mr. Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, Mr. William Morris and Mayor of the Township of Rideau-Lakes, Mr. Ron Holman.
On Friday, March 8th 2013 SEVEC presented the 2012 SEVEC Ambassador Award to educational assistant William Morris of Rideau District High School in Elgin, ON.
Mr. Morris is a passionate educator with an abiding desire to expand his students’ knowledge about their country, its culture and its history; he has been a true ambassador for SEVEC’s Youth Exchanges Canada program. In May 2012, Mr. Morris and twenty students travelled by train to Canning, Nova Scotia, learning about the history of the towns and cities they came across along the way. “Our exchange allowed us to experience unforgettable lessons in Canadian history and geography. As a result, we now have a better sense of what it means to be Canadian,” said Diana Bronsema, a grade 11 student at Rideau District High School who participated in last year’s exchange.
William Morris has worked with special needs students at Rideau District High School for over 20 years. He has organized seven SEVEC exchanges since 2005; he is a champion for youth, and a true ambassador for SEVEC.
ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES CANADA AMBASSADOR AWARD
The Experiences Canada Ambassador Award is granted each year to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to youth through Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges Canada program. Launched in 2011, the award is inspired by the hundreds of teachers, group organizers, chaperones and parents who make are instrumental in facilitating Experiences Canada youth exchanges each year. Do you know an outstanding teacher, group organizer, chaperone or parent who helped out with a Experiences Canada youth exchange within the last five years? Nominate them today!
The Experiences Canada Ambassador Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to youth through Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges Canada program. Eligible candidates must be teachers, group organizers, chaperones or parents who have:
- Taken part in the Experiences Canada Youth Exchanges Canada program at least once within the last five years;
- Been instrumental in facilitating an exchange that achieved some or all of the objectives of Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges Canada program listed below:
- contributed to improved knowledge and understanding of Canada among Canadian youth, enabling them to learn first-hand about the history, geography, economy, institutions, cultures, communities, languages and other facets of their country;
- helped young Canadians connect to one another and create linkages, across the country and between groups, thereby helping to strengthen the fabric of Canadian society;
- developed Canadian identity and attachment to Canada among youth by enhancing appreciation of both the diversity and the shared aspects of the Canadian experience;
- Increased Experiences Canada’s impact and outreach. Some examples include:
- profiling an exchange in the media;
- sharing exchange experience(s) with others through public or Experiences Canada-owned social media accounts, including Facebook, Youtube and Flickr;
- recommending the Youth Exchanges Canada program to potential group organizers;
- acting as a spokesperson for Experiences Canada at conferences or other public engagements;
- mentoring a first-time group organizer; and/or
- advocating for Experiences Canada by writing a letter to their MP.