SEVEC Youth Exchange Group Brings Skates up North to Igloolik Community


Students from Mother Teresa High School in Ottawa are bringing dozens of ice skates to Igloolik, Nunavut to share with their exchange twins from Ataguttaaluk High School. On April 16, the Ottawa youth depart on a ten-day adventure to northern Canada where they will have the opportunity to experience life in the small Aboriginal island community.


This winter, the students have been hard at work collecting donated ice skates to reach their goal of 50 pairs. They have collected from their school community, and Play It Again Sports donated 25 pairs of used skates. A local Canadian Tire store has also generously donated hockey bags and shoulder pads for the students to bring to Igloolik. Canadian North, SEVEC’s travel partner for the exchange kindly offered to waive any extra baggage fees for transporting the hockey equipment to Nunavut to support the student’s efforts.


The two groups have been twinned under SEVEC’s Youth Exchanges Canada program. Last year over 4,500 young Canadians and their chaperones travelled in Canada through SEVEC, which is generously supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Exchanges Canada program. From May 16 to 24, the group from Igloolik will be visiting Ottawa for a home-stay exchange with their new friends.


Local media are invited to cover this story and request an interview with the Mother Teresa High School exchange participants. Please contact Ashley Montgomery (details below) to request an interview.





The Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada (SEVEC) is a national charitable organization that has been providing educational exchanges, trips, and forums for Canadian youth for over 79 years. Over 360,000 youth have benefitted from our programming.

For more information, please contact:


Ashley Montgomery

Communications Coordinator, SEVEC

613-727-3832 ext. 208   


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