"I attended Law week (February 1997) as a participant. Recently, I was fortunate enough to return for Medicine and Health week, but this time as a teacher-monitor. The perspectives differ tremendously. As a participant, I recall meeting 120 youth from across Canada, the need to make a few good friends, the long line-ups, and the endless new experiences. As a teacher-monitor, I wish for simple modules, nutritious meals, lights out, and helpful participants. However, the best part about EWC is not all these things. It is the celebration of being Canadian, learning about others, respecting cultures and celebrating diversity. In my two weeks here (spread over 15 years), I continue to respect that the founders and administrators continue to fight for this important cornerstone program for youth. I continue to see improvements in programming and activities. I observed friendships and networks being formed and maintained. We are very fortunate to have all this in a country called Canada. These are our future leaders leading today. Thank you, EWC participants, staff, sponsors, governments and volunteers, for keeping this a reality in our nation’s capital."