A fond farewell to the President's interns

What began as conversations among Ashley Decker, Sara Lanting, and Simon Moore, also fondly known as the “President's Interns,” became a reality last month with the launch of Access Ottawa, a week-long, political experiential learning program for high school students. The program quickly became a sold-out success, thanks to the ingenuity of the group.

From those early conversations to a program which launched at the end of April, Decker, Lanting and Moore spent many long hours researching similar programs, planning custom-made workshops, marketing their ideas, and recruiting students.

Nominated by their school principals, the 21 students in grades 10, 11 and 12 from across Canada recently returned from their week-long, Access Ottawa adventure, where they stayed at TWU's Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC).

“In a way, we often felt like we were starting a business,” says Lanting. “We worked with University Communications to design and create promotional materials for print and the web. We worked closely with Paul Wilson and Mark Lott at the Laurentian Leadership Center (LLC) to manage the program details.”

Led by Dr. Don Page and assisted by former TWU President's Intern Mark Lott, the Ottawa adventure afforded these top high school students meetings with MPs, a tour of the Prime Minister's Office, a meal at the Parliamentary Restaurant and a tour of CPAC TV.

Over the past year, the interns not only developed and launched Access Ottawa, but they also served as close aids to Dr. Snider and helped meet the needs of the university.

“We've thoroughly enjoyed it,” says Lanting.

“For all of us it has been an incredible learning opportunity. Despite the challenges of this year, it has been very rewarding,” adds Decker.

At the close of the program, each intern moves on to other exciting opportunities. Lanting will spend the next year in Munich, Germany, both traveling and nannying. Decker is getting married May 20th and will live in Abbotsford. Moore is applying to medical school and is particularly interested in UBC.

Thanks to the team for their eight months of service offered to both to Dr. Snider and Trinity Western University and congratulations on the stellar achievements.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C. is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, education, and computer science to biology and nursing, and 15 other graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum