The Canadian Student Leadership Conference has brought 1,000 high school students and teachers to Montague this week. The students were selected for the Montague conference because of their leadership qualities, and are spending this week discussing issues affecting teenagers such as bullying and depression. The conference is also an opportunity for students and teachers to exchange ideas, attend workshops and listen to motivational speakers such as General Rick Hillier, former chief of staff for Canada’s armed forces.
The Montague community has shown a great willingness to support this conference and organizers have expressed amazement at how many local residents opened up their homes to billet visiting students.
The conference has lofty goals, such as instilling qualities of leadership in students, building skills to organize thoughts outside the box, honing public speaking skills and developing school spirit. The pride and enthusiasm shown by these young Canadians as they meet and travel around the province this week is really an inspiration for us all.