THE BULLETIN Vol 22 Issue 19 Monday, May 8, 2017 2013 Onoway & District Chamber of Commerce Business Of The Year Encounters With Canada Salutes Vimy Ridge From April 2 to 7, 2017, over 125 youth aged 14-17 from every corner of Canada travelled to Ottawa to take part in a remark- able, once –in-a-lifetime opportunity with Encounters with Canada. Although Encounters with Canada runs programs throughout most of the year, this particular session was of par- ticular historical significance as the theme was the Battle of Vimy Ridge. OJSH Grade 12 student Celine Sewepagaham was in Ottawa at Encounters for Canada for this special week. “The Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age” week was an in-depth look at Canada’s participation in the First World War, with seminars and debates on the Canadian Corps, the capture of Vimy Ridge, Canada’s 100 Days, the conscription crisis and the home front, Canada’s new identity following the First World War and the legacy of Vimy. Celine attended many ceremonies to commemorate Vimy Ridge: at the National War Cemetery, the Mayor of Ottawa’s commemorative ceremony, and a noteworthy one with Gover- nor-General David Johnston at Rideau Hall. Celine and the other students from across Canada toured the Canadian War Museum with its special exhibition on the Battle of Vimy Ridge. As well, the students toured Parliament Hill, and sat in on Question Period, and listened to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They toured the Diefenbunker, a four-story, 100,000 square foot underground bunker built between 1959 and 1961, Continued on page 3 Celine, standing to the immediate right of the Governor General, participated in many ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge.