Student brings Ottawa home

By Geoff Lee

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

BACK FROM THE CAPITAL Billie Sarcauga, a Grade 12 student at Holy Rosary High School, spoke to the Rotary Club of Lloydminster about her recent four-day trip to Ottawa with the Rotary Club of Ottawa's Adventure in Citizenship program. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Grad shares her trip to our nation's capital

Billie Sarcauga is back from her Adventure in Citizenship in Ottawa with a better understanding of what being a Canadian is all about.
The 18-year-old Holy Rosary High School grad talked about her four-day trip to our nation’s capital at the Rotary Club of Lloydminster’s Monday meeting, while still wrapped in the glow of her experience.
“I now have a better understanding of what Canada’s identity is really like, and a deeper appreciation for Canada and the qualities it holds,” she said following her presentation.
Sarcauga was one of about 200 high school students and exchange students from across Canada to take part in the Adventure in Citizenship program, hosted annually by the Rotary Club of Ottawa.
This year’s trip, from April 31 to May 3, involved students taking part in tours, lectures, discussions and social events designed to increase their understanding and appreciation of Canadian citizenship.
“In Ottawa, we visited Parliament Hill, the Parliament itself, the House of Commons, the Aboriginal centre (First Peoples Hall) and Quebec,” said Sarcauga.
The teen initially whetted her appetite on what makes Canada tick, when her family, including her two sisters, became Canadian citizens roughly 10 years ago.
She spent the first seven years of her life in the Philippines.
Sarcauga has held the position as secretary of the Lloydminster Youth Council for two years, and found out about the citizenship program from her mother and Rotarian, Maria Sarcauga.
She signed up for the program by e-mailing member Tyler Morrissette, who sits on the Rotary youth services board, and spoke about what she learned in Ottawa.
“I learned that Canada might be a big country, but just a small program can bring a couple of teenagers together, and it doesn’t take much to become a leader and take a step forward and be a leader,” she said.
She is set to expand her interest in Canadian politics this fall, when she starts her studies in political science at the University of Saskatchewan.
“My aspiration is to hopefully get into law school and work hard to provide for my family and give back to my mom and dad,” said Sarcauga.

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