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Two Stittsville engineering students selected for work-study program in China

(PHOTO: Students visit Parliament Hill before their trip to China.)

(Press release via HUAWEI)

HUAWEI, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of ICT and telecommunications equipment, has announced 20 university engineering students selected to participate in its “Seeds for the Future” program, and two are from Stittsville.

Allison Sherwin and Kyle Bjornson both grew up in Stittsville and are now third-year engineering students at Carleton University. They were among the 20 students who gathered in Kanata last week for two days of preparation at HUAWEI Canada’s Research Centre before departing for China for a two-week professional and cultural trip.

Now in its third year, ‘Seeds for the Future’ provides students an opportunity to experience firsthand the incredible advancement taking place in China’s technology industry. Designed for Canadian engineering students, the program aims to build links between Canada and China, promote a greater understanding of career opportunities in the telecommunications sector, and to encourage participation in the international ICT community.

“We are proud to offer this opportunity to another talented group of engineering students from across the country,” said HUAWEI Canada President, Sean Yang. “This award-winning program has grown in popularity and we’re happy to see that nearly half the students participating this year are women. This hands-on experience provides students with a once in a lifetime work and cultural exchange, with an opportunity to see China and its industry-leading innovation.”

“Our partners at HUAWEI have been fantastic. We look forward to continuing to develop these bright young minds and set them on these promising future career paths,” said Jose Pereira, Director, Engineering Career Centre, University of Toronto.

Students selected for ‘Seeds for the Future’ will be given first-hand learning opportunities through interactions with HUAWEI staff and visits to HUAWEI laboratories where they will witness live demonstrations of advanced communications technologies. The program also includes an opportunity to experience Chinese culture, and will include a visit to some well-known landmarks, including the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

Feedback from students who have been through the program has been extremely positive. “This program was a life changing experience in every way,” said Karl Tanguay-Verreault a student at Carleton University who participated in the program last year. “Not only did it open my eyes to the beauty of Chinese culture but it also gave me hands-on experience with the technologies that will power the future of ICT.”

 


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Students hear a message of hope and social justice at WE Day

(Sophie Gower is a Grade 6 student at Stittsville Public School.)

On Wednesday, Stittsville Public School had an amazing opportunity to go to WE Day Ottawa, at the Canadian Tire Centre in Stittsville. WE Day is an event where inspirational people of all abilities talk about what path they took on life. Continue reading


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First edition of “La course des Patriotes” takes place October 29

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, Stittsville’s new French Catholic high school, is planning the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on October 29.

It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive.  The event will include 2km, 5km, and 10km races. It’s mandatory for students, but also open to the entire community. Continue reading


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Carleton U. engineering back from building schools in Nicaragua

While many students were busy with Frosh Week festivities, Parker Armstrong was working to empower children to go to school in Nicaragua, where only 56% of children graduate from primary school.

Armstrong, an engineering student at Carleton University, traded classes for concrete this summer as he travelled to Nicaragua to complete an internship with the non-governmental organization (NGO) SchoolBOX. Parker worked alongside SchoolBOX’s construction crew to build three classrooms in impoverished Nicaraguan communities, and to evaluate the sustainability of the organization’s programs. Continue reading


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The Beetle Squishers: Stittsville/Kanata tweens & teens form a rock band

In a cool Stittsville basement, eight young musicians aged 12-16 came together to form a rock band, calling themselves The Beetle Squishers. The name is a nod to their two music teachers/coaches who front popular Ottawa Rock band, SpiderKillers.

The band has been given a huge challenge: learn two classic rock songs as a group in only four practices and then perform the songs on stage at The Brass Monkey at U-Rock’s winter concert on Sunday, February 1st, in front of more than 150 fans…WHAAAT??!?

The band members are all students at U-Rock Music School but it’s the first band experience for all of them and the kids were very eager to get rocking. Singer Grace Carrie, 13, was asked to play drums and she’s risen to the challenge like a true pro. Guitarist Liam Marelic, 13, was asked to play bass; he too has shown great spirit in taking on a different instrument for this event. Acoustic guitarist Aidan Kratt, 12, knew this would be fun but hard work and he’s done extremely well. Lead guitarist Bex (Becky Hall) age 16 has a big job to do and is proving competent at working with the guys, holding down the musical backbeat of the tunes.

Singers Kaitlyn Weatherall, 14, Sarah Culbert, 13, Kyrstein Wright, 16 and Abigail Moffitt, 12, are all doing an amazing job as the front line of the band, blending their unique voices to totally rock out the tunes.

This talented group of teens and tweens will be fun to watch on February 1st at their  concert premier. The M&M’s are fuelling their energy at practice each week, but ultimately it’s their combined talent that makes them so special.

Has a new rock/pop teen sensation been born? The Beetle Squishers just may be the next big thing in the Ottawa teen music scene.

From left to right, Kaitlyn Weatherall, Kyrstein Wright, Sarah Culbert, and Becky Hall.
From left to right, Kaitlyn Weatherall, Kyrstein Wright, Sarah Culbert, and Becky Hall.

 

Aidan Kratt on acoustic guitar
Aidan Kratt on acoustic guitar

 

M&Ms power the Beetle Squishers during practice. Abigail Moffitt is pictured at right.
M&Ms power the Beetle Squishers during practice. Abigail Moffitt is pictured at right.

 

Grace Carrie on drums
Grace Carrie on drums

 

From left to right, Kaitlyn Weatherall, Kyrstein Wright, and Sarah Culbert.
From left to right, Kaitlyn Weatherall, Kyrstein Wright, and Sarah Culbert.

 

Becky Hall on guitar
Becky Hall on guitar

 

Liam Marelic, 12, takes on bass guitar
Liam Marelic, 12, takes on bass guitar

 

Abigail hams it up at practice
Abigail hams it up at practice

 

Cathy Hallessey is the owner of U-Rock Music School in Stittsville.


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Youth Connexion connects youth and gives back to the community

EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Aleisha Kerr, the Youth Director and Mentor at Youth Connexion & R.E.A.C.H., to tell us more about the organization’s programs in Stittsville.  The group is currently working on a project to re-vamp their lounge.  Kerr says there’s still a lot of work to do, but thanks to motivated students and donations from the community, it’s coming along.

Youth Connexion is a youth initiative through the Goulbourn and West Carleton Recreation Staff with City of Ottawa. It’s a FOR Youth BY Youth Program in Stittsville with weekly drop-ins and monthly events for all youth in grades 5+. Continue reading


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Stittsville student hosts second annual jewelry fundraiser for Nunavut

Last year, as a grade 12 student, I organized a charity sale called ALL THAT GLAM, a sale of gently-used jewelry and handbags to raise money for school breakfast programs in Nunavut.

The event was a resounding success, raising nearly $10,000. That amount was matched by Canadian Pacific which meant that a much-needed school breakfast program in Coral Harbor, Nunavut could be established and funded for two years. But breakfast programs need continual funding, and so I decided the fundraiser had to be an annual event.

This year’s sale will take place at the Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata on Saturday, November 29th from 8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. There will be thousands of pieces of gently-used jewelry and handbags. The sale is a great opportunity to purchase socially-responsible Christmas gifts as well as bling for the office Christmas party.

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