Reem Al-Ameri, a Canada 150&Me alumni, was given an award by Senator Victor Oh at The Senate on June 20th for her community involvement. She previously met the Senator on one occasion, however, she was very surprised and honoured that she was selected for the award. He had wanted to commemorate what young people do …
Here’s a great opportunity for Aboriginal youth aged 18-35 that would like to learn more and contribute to Canada’s international development efforts. Spend 4-6 months in a developing country working on different issues; equality, environment, health, education, small business development and agriculture. Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/2lE44Hr
Lauren Alliston, Surrey, BC
I am a grade 11 student, at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, in Cloverdale BC. In my free time I swim for a team, and perform in theater productions in and outside of school. I coach my school’s improv team. I hope to pursue a career in theatrical arts, or film.
Marie-Soleil Lavoie, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC
My name is Marie-Soleil Lavoie and I’m 15 years old. I live in Baie-Saint-Paul and I have 2 big sisters. I love to read, I love sports, I like to take pictures of landscapes and I love kids. I’d like to become an educator. After high school, I’d like to continue my studies in special education and I’d also like to travel the world.
Annabelle Aubert, Levis, QC
I love creating videos, photos montage, taking pictures and I love to write as well! One of my biggest passions is cooking and nutrition, my dream is to become a nutritionist.
Louna Janin, Montreal, QC
My name is Louna Emilie Janin and I love writing, and sharing my adventures. I love observing from a different angle everything that’s going on. I am thrilled to participate as a student and class rep in this exchange.
Livia Dastous, Plessisville, QC
I’m Livia Dastous, I’m in grade 7 and I live in Plessisville. I’m someone that loves to travel and meet new people.
Soularia Young, Elmvale, ON
I am almost 16 years old and attend Elmvale District High School. In my free time I enjoy playing hockey and camping. I am really excited to get to participate in this exchange program and meet the community of Cambridge Bay.
Zia Lespérance, Baie-Comeau, QC
I’m in 8th grade and I’m 13 years old. My birthday is October 9th, 2004 and I live in Baie-Comeau. I love to read and learn. I also love to travel!
Myles Norton, Lethbridge, AB
I’m 13 years old and I’m francophone! I’m a sporty student. I’m part of multiple clubs and cultural events at school and in my community.
Justin Choquette, Laval, QC
I’m 11 years old. One of my passions is computers. I also love photography. I like creating short stories for school and I also do video montage as a hobby.
Mikaëlle Simard, Alma, QC
I’m a 15-year-old student who loves music, writing and karate. I’m very energetic and happy. I’m also a leader that likes to be involved. Getting to know people is something that I love because I love to be around people. I would love to know our beautiful country and it’s better to start young!
Cassandre Fortin, St-Romuald, QC
I’m 13 years old and I’m a student in grade 7 at Juvénat Notre-Dame. I’m very happy to go on a bilingual exchange with Experiences Canada. I love to travel, read and I’m passionate about history.
Océane Steward, St-Romuald, QC
I’m 11 years old, I love to read, I like to create projects and organize events. I’m energetic, driven and positive. I’ve been playing the piano and the violin for the last 7 years. I love to travel (I’ve been to Martinique, Morocco and France…) I love to take pictures and I’m in the photography committee at school.
Ethan Katz, Coquitlam, BC
I’m a student at École Dr Charles Best Secondaire in British Columbia and I’m the youth ambassador for our Québec exchange. I started learning French in grade 6 in the French immersion program. Being part of this exchange was an honour.
Cédrik Lesage, Trois-Rivières, QC
I’m 14 years old. I’m passionate about sports, music and video games. I love doing projects like creating video games. I love taking nice pictures and Photoshop them.
Jacob Savoie, Bathurst, NB
I’m 12 years old and I’m a student at Place des Jeunes. I’m very happy to be part of an Experiences Canada exchange with 25 of my friends and 24 students from the school Quaterway in Nanaimo, BC. I’m very excited to meet my twin and their family.
Karl St-Jean, St Bruno, QC
I’m 16 years old and my biggest passion is the theatre, what we can do with a script is incredible. I love to get involved as much as I can.
Océane Gauthier-Marcotte, Drummondville, QC
I’m 15 years old and I’m a person that’s multi skilled. I love photography, writing, literature, etc. I speak french very well and I’m pretty fluent in english.
Jérémy Harvey, Baie Saint Paul, QC
I’m in grade 8, I’m a student at Centre Éducatif St- Aubin, I’m 13 years old and I’m getting ready to leave for Winnipeg for my student exchange!
Scotta Masters, Dawson City, YT
My name is Scotta Masters and I am excited to be the Youth Ambassador for the Dawson City-Guelph exchange! I am 17 and set to graduate in June.
Gracie Carlaw, Edmonton, AB
I’m 14 years old. I’ve lived in Edmonton my whole life with my 4 younger siblings. I enjoy reading, musical theatre and the arts. I currently attend Victoria School of the Arts and I’m super excited to visit Quebec!
Evan Law, St-Pierre-Jolys, MB
I love taking pictures and videos in order to put them on social media. I play multiple sports and I love technology! I also love to do activities and talk to people. I’m social and reliable.
Maggie Smart, Guelph, ON
I’m 15 years old and I am involved in a variety of extra curricular activities in and out of school. I am an avid student athlete and am the captain of the volleyball and ski team. I also compete in field hockey, badminton, and track team. I love hanging out with friends and traveling!
Claudie Ladouceur-Côté, Grand-Sault, NB
I’m a student in grade 8 at Polyvalente Thomas-Albert . At school I’m very involved. I’m part of the soccer and volleyball team. I’m also part of a few commitees; technical, prom. Other than school, I’m also very involved in my community.
Florence Bernier, Québec, QC
I’m a student in grade 9 at Quebec High School. I’m 15 years old, I love to travel, and I love photography. I consider myself as an independent person with multiple leadership qualities. I also like to share my life on my social media platforms.
Catherine Nadeau, St-Michel de Bellechasse, QC
I’m 15 years old and I’ve always been someone who’s been driven. I had the chance to be part of the circus, I also danced, played the piano, did theatre, soccer, swimming and boxing. I’m also part of an acting agency, the agency Mode é Arto, and I even had the chance to be part of a shoot.
Alicia Chouinard, Drummondville, QC
I’m 13 years old and I’m in the music program. In this exchange, I’ll be taking he plane for the first time. I’ve always loved oral presentations and I’m someone who’s very social that’s not scared to speak in front of people.
Julianne Tremblay, Beauceville, QC
I’m 14 years old. I swim and I dance competitively. I don’t have any siblings and I can play the piano. I also love to travel and I’m very excited to visit a new part of the country.
Alexandra Gagnon, Trois-Pistoles, QC
I’m 17 years old and this year I’ll get to participate in the exchange Vancouver-Trois-Pistoles, which will allow me to leave my small town to discover our beautiful country! I’m a person who’s very energetic, determined and involved: During activities including sports, school, trips and even events in my town, I’m never far! Thank you for giving us the chance to live this wonderful experience!
Reagan Morrison, Yorkton, SK
My name is Reagan Morrison this is my second trip through Experiences Canada. In school I play basketball and volleyball, and I’m also in a mentorship program. I am involved in speed swimming, I used to be in Girl Guides, and I am passionate about travelling.
Jill Stephens, Calgary, AB
I am a 14 year old competitive cross country skier from Calgary Alberta. I am in grade 9 at Rundle Academy. I’m proud to be able to represent my Foothills Nordic Ski Club and Experiences Canada with the writing and photo skills I have learned at Rundle Academy.
Elisse Southam, Nelson, BC
I am an equestrian vaulter, I enjoy being around animals especially horses. I am an assistant Baker at Lucky Cupcakes. I am also a French immersion student at LV Rodger, and I am in 9th grade.
Dianna Hoeft, Duncan, BC
I am very social, love to go places for the experience, love to take photos, sing, and act, I also love food! I am 17 years old and in my last year of High school!
Arielle Ociones, Surrey, BC
I’m a 17-year-old leadership student and I’m currently attending Johnston Heights Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia. I love to travel whether it’s domestic or international; exploration and adventure are my passion. I’d love to show others my experiences through pictures and witty captions on a multitude of social media platforms!
Mikayla Klumpp, Midway, BC
I am soon turning 17 and I’m in grade 11, attending Boundary Central Secondary school. Some of my interests are reading and of course my pets. I’m also very interested in photography, it has become a big hobby for me.
Cailey Johnson, Saskatoon, SK
Twelve year old Cailey Johnson lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her mother and two brothers. Currently in Grade 7, Cailey has participated in French Immersion at Ecole Lakeview since Kindergarten. She enjoys Arts Ed, cheerleading, and dance. Cailey hopes to become a makeup chemist or a geologist.
Megan Hudson, Woodbridge, ON
I am 15 years old. I have 2 older brothers and enjoy music, baking, volleyball and learning other languages. I love spending time with friends and experiencing life through the eyes of other cultures.
Liv Konetzka, Vancouver, BC
I’m 12 years old, I play ringette and I have two sisters Sydney and Taylor. I love to read and spend time with my family.
Robin Marriott, Langley, BC
I’m 16 and I am the group ambassador for Langley Christian High School. I have always enjoyed adventure and exploring ever since I was a child. I am excited to expand my exploring to across my beautiful country this year. I am grateful that I get to share this opportunity with my lovely peers and I can’t wait to enrich myself in French-Canadian culture.
Layla Hatelt, Courtenay, BC
I go to Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary School in the Comox Valley. I went on the Quebec exchange to learn more on culture and to experience new things by expanding my horizons.
Kaitlyn Edwards, Westlock, AB
I am 14 years and hold the honor of being the RF Staples 2018 exchange ambassador.
Kally Campbell, Sparwood, BC
I am a 14 year old in grade 9 at Sparwood Secondary School. I enjoy art and playing sports such as volleyball, basketball and soccer. I am a member of our Student Council and Leadership/DSAC (District Student Advisory Council) program.
Charlotte Cameron, Halifax, NS
I am a grade 9 student at Halifax independent school. I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and I moved to Nova Scotia when I was 6 years old. I enjoy art and drawing, reading, and dance. I am very excited to be going on this trip to Drummondville, Quebec!! I am so happy to be able to practice my French in real live settings, in a French environment and I am very excited to learn more about Quebec, and French culture.
Anika Fisher, Vancouver, BC
I’m very excited to go to Quebec, I love the cold and new experiences. I’m a very active person and is known for crafting and being clumsy. I have a very energetic dog and I love running with him down the hallway.
Maggie-Ray Colleran, Saltspring, BC
I am a 13 year old student at Salt Spring Island Middle School, a player on the U16 soccer team, and part of the Tsunami Circus program at our school. I am an only child and I live with my mom, dad and my dog, Pippa.
Léa Samson, Québec, QC
I love English, geography and history. I have a dog (Dooky) and a bunny (Ruby). I’m an only child so I consider them like my siblings. I really like playing video games, and taking and editing pictures and videos.
Jean-Gabriel Poirier, L’Etang du Nord, QC
I’m 13 years old and I’m part of multiple groups like the Ranger junior Canadien, Canter la vie et my school’s student parliament. I’m someone who’s pretty active; I shoot arrows, I run, I walk, I play soccer and I used to be part of a circus.
Vincent Perreault, Val d’Or, QC
I’m 14 years old (15 during the exchange) and I’m in grade 10. It’s the second time that I do this type of exchange.
Leah Nieuwstraten, Woodbridge, ON
I am 15 years old. I enjoy playing soccer and hockey and love music. I also enjoy learning about other cultures and languages. One of my favourite things to do is hang out with my friends and experience life with them.
Maya Feldman, Vancouver, BC
I am in grade 7 at Sir James Douglas elementary. I love to do extra-curricular activities such as pottery, Pilates, soccer (during the season) and dance. I have always had a passion for traveling whether it was with my family or by myself.
Andrea Vazquez-Vela, Whistler, BC
I am 12 years old. I was born in Mexico but now live in Whistler with my parents, my twin sister and my older brother. My favorite sport is gymnastics and I love to ski and dance.
Viviane Desrochers, Sainte-Croix, QC
I’m a sporty girl who is passionate about piano and photography! I’m also very social!
Christopher Roy, Vancouver, BC
I was born on September 13, 2005, in Vancouver. I have one sister called Katie, my father is called Tim and my mother is called Jade. I go to Lord Selkirk School in 7th grade and I’m going to Québec.
Being a Good Twin
- Communicate prior with your twin and their family to get to know them before you arrive
- Respect your host family schedule
- Be respectful and always use your manners
- Accept differences — you may be introduced to different foods, languages and traditions. This is a great way to immerse yourself in a different culture and expand your knowledge and respect for diversity
- Do your best to get to know your twin and their family. Participate in conversations, ask questions. During the week, make an effort to really get to know your twin.
- Find out what your twin likes; music, books, theatre, sports
- Treat your twin and their family how you would expect them to treat you when they visit.
- Stay in touch!
Being a Good Host Twin
- Try to find out what you and your twin have in common
- Include your twin in family conversations so that they feel part of the family for the week
- Introduce them to your friends
- Share email addresses so that you keep in contact
- Share birthday details so you can send birthday wishes to each other
- Be respectful and kind
- Ask your twin what they like to do in their down time
- Enjoy your time with your twin, these relationships can last a lifetime!!