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Students attend the 38th Southern Ontario Model United Nations conference


Secondary school students across Ontario are provided with an opportunity to participate in a mock United Nations Forum. Four students represented Centre Hastings Secondary School [1] from April 28 to 30, 2010 at the 38th Annual Southern Ontario Model United Nations (SOMA [2]) conference held at the University of Toronto.

This conference is an annual event and this year students Wednesday Bell, Eric Geen, Haleigh Prevost and Tess Reid attended along with over six hundred students passionate about world affairs.

Students were immersed in three days of intense discussions and engaging debates representing the country of New Zealand. The conference focused on the most serious issues in international relations today and increased students’ awareness of world issues. Students wee introduced to an atmosphere of diplomacy and cooperation; they learned the art of compromise and negotiation.

The Honourable Bob Rae, Member of Parliament, spoke at the conference’s closing ceremonies about global issues and encouraged youth to get involved and be aware of the dangers of apathy. The Centre Hastings Secondary School students were delighted to be able to meet him. Students were positively involved in an enlightening and educational opportunity by attending this conference.

SOMA is an independent, federally reigstered charity that is run for and by high school students and is the largest Model United Nations in North America. Students involved in SOMA put together a motivating and practical Model United Nations assembly. For more information about SOMA, visit www.soma.on.ca



For more information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 800-267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]