Shawnigan students continued to enjoy new perspectives on Canada and global politics with a journey to the Secondary Schools United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) 2018.
16 of the school's Model UN delegates - including, for the first time, a delegate from neighbouring Frances Kelsey Secondary - ventured to Montreal last week for the annual symposium, hosted by McGill University.
The contingent joined roughly 1,500 other delegates from North and Central America for a hectic weekend of debate, committee meetings, and social events.
On his return, Grade 12 student Ethan R. shared how much he enjoyed the conference. "I argued and fought for my country‘s political stance for three days, passing two resolutions while creating friendships that I truly hope will last a lifetime," he says. "I am so grateful that I was given this opportunity."
For Model UN instructor Paul Klassen, the Montreal conference is a validation of how unique and worthwhile the program is. "Our current team is doing so many things that I could not have imagined we’d be doing when we started MUN 10 years ago," he says.
The travellers also met with a group of young Shawnigan alumni in Montreal – many of them graduates of the ShawMUN program. They also enjoyed some of the sights of (snowy) Montreal, including a hike up historic Mount Royal.
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.