Culture & Events — 13 December 2017
Students encourage peers to seek out travel programs

DHS students Mitchell Turcotte and Madisen Donaldson spoke to students about the benefits of travel and taking advantage of student travel programs. Photo by Michael Christianson

By Michael Christianson

Travel can open up a new world for those that take the opportunity. This week at Dryden High School Mitchell Turcotte and Madisen Donaldson encouraged everyone to seek out and take advantage of all that travel has to offer.

The two students spoke to fellow students last week during the DHS Living Library series. Both students recently had the opportunity to travel for different events and programs that got them out of Dryden and thinking about their future.

Turcotte traveled to Winnipeg and Toronto recently and he wanted to bring more awareness to his fellow students about the such programs.

“I had never heard of anything like it before. There’s not always posters in the hallways, there’s not always an announcement about it, sometimes it’s a teacher who has gotten an email about it from some organization far away and they just look for a couple of students,” said Turcotte. “So I wanted students to know here that there are these opportunities that they are always coming up, they are a lot of fun, they are completely and totally worth it and that they just have to look around and talk to people they might know to find out when stuff is going on, something they may be interested in.”

Turcotte and Donaldson both felt that the highlight of their trips was meeting new people who became quick friends and whom they still keep in touch with.

“I wanted them to know about it because it’s just so much fun. You would think you would be scared to go but everybody is scared so it doesn’t matter because you just go,” said Donaldson. ““I think that you should do it, especially since we’re from Dryden and there is not a lot. You go to Ottawa and it’s so beautiful and everyone is so nice.”

Donaldson attended the Encounters with Canada program in Ottawa for the Medicine and Health week, a field she is interested in but not such which career path she would like just yet. The group also visited Parliament and got to attend Question Period.

Keep an eye out for more Dryden High School Living Library programs coming up.


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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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