Calling all grandchildren who love travel

If you know an adventurous young person who loves travel, email them the “Future Trek” website address. It could change their life.

Canadians between the ages of 18 and 24 are invited to log on to the Future Trek Website and fill out an application to become one of 400 Trekkers for the millennium project known as Future Trek.

Those selected will first embark on a five-month “Virtual Trek” and communicate via the World Wide Web to develop final plans for the summer 2000 event. Trekkers will then gather in Canada’s Capital Region from June 28 to July 3, 2000 (live and in person) to participate in a number of legacy projects and youth-relevant celebrations.

Sponsored by the National Capital Commission (NCC), the event was launched with 12 representatives from various partner organizations. The NCC expects to receive thousands of applications from all corners of the country and hopes to have the 400 Trekkers selected by January, 2000, which really isn’t too far away.

Crystale Dionne, the 18-year old co-president of the Outaouais Millennium Committee, a local organization involved in the coordination of millennium activities, was the first person to apply on-line throu the Future Trek Web site.

“This is a unique opportunity to tap into the creativity and initiative of young Canadians from across the country,” says Marcel Beaudry, chairman of the NCC. “They are the essence of the project and they will ensure that millennium celebrations in the Capital are both memorable and meaningful.”

Other sponsors include Human Resources and Development Canada, the YMCA/YWCA, Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa, Tree Canada, La Cité collégiale and Nortel Networks.