New program brings students to Ottawa

Low voter turn-out among Canada's young adults may be a concern, but that's all going to change if three university students have anything to say about it. Ashley Decker, Sara Lanting and Simon Moore, President's Interns at Trinity Western University, have developed a unique program that will give exceptional high school students an insider look at government and politics. Entitled, “Access Ottawa,” the innovative program brings together high school students from across the country to Canada's political hub, Ottawa.

“We're trying to offset the disillusion that is rampant among young adults by educating high school students through experience,” says Paul Wilson, PhD, Director of Access Ottawa. “Experiential learning has proven to be far more effective than simply sitting in a classroom and learning theory.”

Beginning this spring, 20 high school students will meet and interact with Members of Parliament and other key government leaders, participate in tailor-made seminars and workshops, visit Ottawa attractions and museums, and learn about the institutions and people vital to the process of Canadian government—all while staying in a restored historic mansion only eight blocks from Parliament Hill.

“Access Ottawa allows high school students an inside look at the people and politics of Canada, and a chance to explore how they can have a role in making our country a better place,” says Chuck Strahl, Member of Parliament.

For more information, check out the program's website:, or call Ashley Decker, Access Ottawa Communications Coordinator, at 604-888-7511 ext. 3154 (email:

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 14 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum