Every year, our club sponsors one of our local high school students to join students from all over the country for five days in Ottawa. During those days, they visited the House of Commons, the Senate, and other Ottawa landmarks, and learned about our nation's democratic institutions. This event is managed by the Rotary Club of Ottawa.


For full information and application forms, consult the Adventures in Citizenship official site at www.rotaryottawa.com. The local contact at our club is Terry Cameron, who can be reached at 807-683-1541 or by email at sueterry@tbaytel.net.


Our club's sponsored youth, Niharika Shahi (left), visiting Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.




  • A senior high school student, aged 16 to 19 
  • A Canadian citizen or have landed immigrant status with the intention of becoming a Canadian citizen
  • Believes that citizenship is a major responsibility
  • Demonstrates above average achievement in both class work and extra curricular activities
  • Displays strong interpersonal qualities as well as excellent communication skills
  • Has some experience in community service, with an emphasis on non-school related volunteering
  • Is interested in meeting 220 other motivated YOUNG CANADIANS from across the country



  • To gain a better understanding of our country
  • To learn about our democratic institutions through personal meetings with political leaders and senior government officials
  • To appreciate the diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of CITIZENSHIP
  • To participate in discussions on law, ethics, citizenship and national issues
  • To hear addresses by Pages, Clerks and the Speaker of the House of Commons
  • To visit the House of Commons, the Senate as well as other Ottawa landmarks
  • To attend a special session of the Citizenship Court
  • To establish a relationship with an Ottawa family (billet)



  • Registration, transportation, accommodation & meals of the chosen applicant will be covered by the Rotary Clubs of Fort William and Ottawa



  • Pick up an application form at Student Services. On it, compose a brief essay on “What Citizenship Means To You” as well as completing the “Tell Us About Yourself” form. Submit the completed form back to Student Services.
  • Use the essay to explain your understanding of citizenship and include some personal decisions in your life that illustrate good citizenship
  • Finalists from each school will be asked to participate in a brief interview with a panel of local Fort William Rotarians. One successful candidate will then be selected to participate in the Adventure in Citizenship Program in Ottawa


Niharika and other Rotary-sponsored youths from all over Canada,

having dinner together in Ottawa.