On Thursday, November 3rd, a group of students from St. Matthew High School had the privilege of attending the Prime Minister of Canada’s youth town hall in celebration of his government’s one year anniversary in office. St. Matthew’s cohort of students included members of their student council and grade 10 students currently studying Civics and Careers.
Teacher Tony Lamonica was grateful for the opportunity to bring his students to the town hall as they’ve been learning about what it means to be a good citizen. The students were introduced to many members of Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet who encouraged and inspired students to get involved in the democratic process even before they can legally vote.
Two St. Matthew students, Jolien and Abdullah, who were refugees from Syria, were given a unique opportunity to not only ask the Prime Minister a question, but also thanked him and the rest of Canada for the warm welcome that was extended to them when they arrived. Before the event concluded a handful of students were fortunate enough to snap a selfie with the Prime Minister before he left the room. It was a truly remarkable moment for our students to be able to participate in this rich learning opportunity that brought the content they’re learning in class to life.
Check out the video of Jolien and Abdullah thanking Prime Minister Trudeau, and see our Facebook album from the event!
Kelly McKibbin is the Board Website Coordinator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department, and manages all aspects of the Board’s district website. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communications, from the University of Ottawa, and is the recipient of a United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award.