Thompson’s visiting Rotary Exchange student, Amelie Depret, recently joined 20 other Rotary exchange students to visit Churchill at the end of October, providing the French student with the opportunity to experience Northern Manitoba at its most majestic.
The students visited the Churchill Northern Studies Centre to learn about polar bears and their natural environment, before taking to the back roads on a buggy to (successfully) find some bonafide bears. Depret also had the opportunity to visit the Prince of Wales Fort, as well as a tour around the town including the Arctic Trading Post.
This is the second year that the Rotary Club has organized the Churchill trip for Rotary exchange students. “It’s very unique to our district, and our region in the Rotary world,” noted Rotarian Cristin Smook, who was among the nine Rotarians to accompany the students. “It’s become very popular with not only our students, but our Rotarians.”