Ontario students visit Kootenay Lake’s East Shore

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Students from The Elgin

From May 26-June 2, 21 students and three staff members from Rideau District High School in Elgin, Ont., visited Crawford Bay as part of an interprovincial student exchange program co-ordinated through SEVEC (Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada), an agency of Heritage Canada.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a most welcoming reception and the numerous gestures of kindness that were received from the community of Crawford Bay during our recent visit,” said William Morris, exchange co-ordinator the Rideau District High School.

The weeklong visit included a vast array of activities and tours, co-ordinated by teacher Matt Winger and members of the parent advisory council. The Ontario students thoroughly enjoyed themselves during the exchange, which fostered many new long-term relationships.

Morris said the warmth and friendliness of the residents and business operators in the area were recognizable and greatly appreciated. Adults and children alike were pleasant and supportive of the visitors from rural Ontario.

“Families continually went out of their way to make our students feel welcome,” said Morris. “Special acknowledgement should be given to the Crawford Bay artisans who willingly opened their doors to educate our students.

“Thank you, once again, Crawford Bay, for making our exchange a rewarding and memorable experience for all.”