An actor and a top prize winner from the Canada-Wide Science Fair are among a record number of students from across Canada looking to become change-makers this summer at the award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program, SHAD.
Katelyn Bruyere of Fort Frances also is among this group and will travel to various locations across Canada on July 1 to participate in the program.
This year's SHAD program will take place at a record 16 host university campuses from coast to coast, with students being represented from all 10 provinces and three territories.
Founded in 1980 to help exceptional youth reach their full potential, students in Grades 10-12 are immersed in a one-month enrichment program focused on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
The students interact with renowned university faculty and visionary corporate leaders, and participate in hands-on workshops and activities.
In a unique element of the program, the students are challenged to come up with an original solution to a societal problem affecting Canada that they learn about in the first week.
It teaches them about entrepreneurship and innovation, and leaves the students seeing how they can make an immediate impact.
“We are thrilled that we are reaching a record 1,000 students this year,” said SHAD president and CEO Tim Jackson.
"Support from our partners has allowed us to include more opportunities to transform lives.
“Our outreach team has been busy spreading the word to youth from different communities who can benefit from a month at SHAD,” he noted.
"We are actively working to eliminate barriers and are now reaching into underserved communities.
“We hope program participants end the month not only dreaming big, but empowered with the tools and passion they need to take risks, roll up their sleeves, and get going,” Jackson added.
Once participants have completed the program, which runs from July 1-27, they will join a vast network of nearly 17,000 SHAD Fellows who are forging the path to a brighter future, including an NHL hockey executive, a NASA researcher, an international best-selling author, and 32 Rhodes Scholars.
Michele Romanow, a serial entrepreneur and television personality on CBC's “Dragon Den,” 2003 SHAD Fellow, and current board member, also is among the impressive group of accomplished industry leaders and change-makers in the network.
Bruyere is a Grade 11 student at Fort Frances High School and will attend SHAD at Western University in London, Ont.