Aspiring leaders tasted the workings of government in a recent trip to Eastern Canada.
10 members of Shawnigan's Model UN group travelled to Montreal last week for the annual Secondary Schools United Nations Symposium, hosted by McGill University.
Joining more than 1,500 delegates from as far away as Panama, the Shawnigan contingent participated in committees including the UN Security Council and the WTO. "This was definitely the most hectic conference I've ever been to," Grade 12 student Isaac L. told the Shawnigan Chapel on Tuesday. "It lasted from Thursday night until Sunday morning, and all of the days were filled with enthusiastic debate and good times with friends."
For his efforts, Owen C. was awarded the P.E. Trudeau Award for Diplomatic Finesse in his committee, while Uma T. earned the Book Award in International Court of Justice.
After wrapping up their Montreal experience, which included a tour of McGill University, the Shawnigan team travelled to Ottawa, where they took in Question Period and enjoyed a VIP tour of Parliament Hill with MP Mark Warawa. They also stood on the floor of the Canadian Senate and met with Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor.
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.