October 25, 2018                       

Lindsay: Local MP Jamie Schmale wrapped up three days of meetings with area secondary school students as part of the third annual Capital Experience program.

The two students from each of the riding’s seven secondary schools were given a first-hand look at possible post-secondary career opportunities through a series of visits and interactions with individuals, groups and organizations in Ottawa from October 21 to 23.

“This is really a wonderful opportunity for me to work directly with some of our youth,” said Schmale. “The program provides them with potential career opportunities they may not have previously considered or been aware of.”

The students were able to attend meetings with the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates,  the Chief Herald of Canada, the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada, Andrew Scheer the Leader of the Official Opposition, as well as Tim Powers and Katlyn Harrison (a graduate of I.E. Weldon) from SUMMA, a government relations firm.

“The Capital Experience was an amazing opportunity,” said Sam Collins of Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute. “It showed me the many different career paths available to me.”

“This has been a life changing experience,” added Shaun Soutar of Fenelon Falls Secondary School.  “It inspires student leaders to pursue their future aspirations.”

“We’ve learned so much the past few days,” said Crestwood Secondary student Fernanda Haro. “I found a pathway to follow for my future.”

Service clubs, legions and local businesses across Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock generously donated to ensure this initiative remained a reality.

“A number of sponsors stepped forward to support a student from their community,” said Schmale.  “I want to thank them for helping me to make these young people more aware of the career options available to them.”

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