Canada is famous for many things. In fact, maple syrup, Mounties, and moose are probably some of the first things that come to mind. However, Canada is also famous for several ground-breaking Canadian citizens who made huge contributions in medical care, athletics, technology, and more. Whether they’re raising awareness about environmental concerns or breaking long-standing records, these Canadians are inspiring future generations the world over.
Read on to learn about three great Canadians your child will learn about at language camp in Canada.
1. Students in Language Camp Will Learn About Terry Fox and His Inspiring Marathon
Terry Fox is a true Canadian hero. He embodied what it meant and means to be Canadian, including showing immense perseverance, strength, and dedication to improving the lives of others. Only months before his 20th birthday, Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and had his leg amputated. After learning how little funding cancer research received, Terry Fox wanted to raise money for the cause. He decided to run across Canada to raise awareness, which students in English summer camp will learn is a very long distance.
Terry managed to raise nearly two million dollars during his Marathon of Hope. However, his journey came to an end before he could complete his marathon. After being forced to stop his run when the cancer spread to his lungs, Terry Fox passed away within the following year. He remains a true Canadian hero, and every September Canadians across the country run and raise money in his memory. Today, over 650 million dollars has been raised in honour of Terry Fox.
2. Students in Language Camp Will Learn About David Suzuki’s Environmental Efforts
David Suzuki is one of Canada’s most famous figures. He is a leading academic, advocator for the environment, and TV personality. Suzuki is famous around the world for his efforts to raise awareness about the environment and climate change. He has lead many initiatives and continues to raise money for environmental causes through his foundation, the David Suzuki Foundation.
Suzuki’s efforts in raising awareness about the world’s environmental challenges have arguably changed the way the world views climate change. Because of David Suzuki and other environmental activists’ hard work, your teenager will get to experience Canada’s beautiful, clean environment when attending language camp.
3. Students in Language Camp Will Learn About Canada’s Hockey Hero: Wayne Gretzky
Gathering around the TV to watch hockey or heading over to the local ice rink for a game is a long-standing Canadian tradition. While Canada has produced some of the sport’s top players over the years, one of our most iconic hockey players is Wayne Gretzky.
Gretzky played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), and by the time he retired he had managed to break 61 NHL records! Perhaps what’s most impressive about Gretzky is how he’s inspired children around the world to follow their dreams. After all, Gretzky learned how to play hockey at a makeshift backyard ice rink. To continue his legacy, he founded the Wayne Gretzky Foundation which helps Canadian youth play hockey. Needless to say, Gretzky is another true Canadian hero.
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