Student set for citizenship boot camp

By Geoff Lee

April 11, 2018 1:14 PM

Grade 12 Lloydminster Comprehensive High School student Rhianna McCaffrey will be flying to Ottawa this spring to take part in the Rotary Club of Lloydminster’s Adventures in Citizenship program. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

This year’s Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program is shaping up to be a dry run for Lloydminster Comprehensive High School student Rhianna McCaffrey.
The Rotary Club of Lloydminster is sponsoring the Grade 12 teen for a trip to Ottawa from April 29 to May 2 to learn about what’s involved in becoming a Canadian citizen.
The trip will be her personal citizenship boot camp.
“It’s an awesome time and we get to witness a citizenship ceremony, so it’s kind of giving me a glance into what’s ahead for me,” said McCaffrey.
Her mom, dad and two other siblings emigrated from Ireland nearly five years ago and will be applying to become Canadian citizens together in September.
“It’s just an amazing experience being a Canadian citizen,” said McCaffrey about what that will mean to her when she’s taken the oath.
“It brings with it so much responsibility and also so much honour and respect.”
McCaffrey and her mom Siobhan were introduced during the Monday lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Lloydminster.
The 17 year old and another student will billet with a family in the Ottawa area during the four-day excursion.
The Adventure in Citizenship program, now in its 68th year, provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet their peers from every part of Canada and to discuss and debate with them about issues facing Canada today.
It also gives participants the opportunity to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at many of our national institutions.
“It’s just an awesome opportunity to meet like minded youth and just see more of Canada,” said McCaffrey, who is also a member of the 2017-18 Lloydminster Youth Council (LYC).
She heard about the program from Rotary Club of Lloydminster member and LYC co-founder Jason Whiting.
She had until March 2 to get her application in and just found out she was selected a couple of weeks ago.
Upon her return, McCaffrey plans to report what she learned to the LYC.
“I will be speaking with them about what it meant to go to it and encourage them to try out for next year to see if they’ll be willing to participate,” she said.

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