Who We Are


You know all about the program but not too much about us! Simply put; there are twelve of us, four boys and eight girls. We also would like to introduce to you our wonderful chaperones who did an amazing job at getting us through this trip with such an amazing experience.So we thought we'd tell you a bit about all of us. Let us introduce our selves to you now.


Our Wonderful Chaperones:











The Ambassadors:

August Booth:

My name is August Booth. I am 15 years old, I go to Barrie North Collegiate. My hobbies are mostly computer related, music, and studying Japanese. I take 2 lessons a week, I am hoping to speak Japanese by the time I am ready to go back. Japan was the an amazing country, I had the best time of my life there, I hope to return one day.

Chad A:

Name: Chad Atkinson
Age: 16
School: Innisdale Secondary School
Hobbies: Piano
Sports: Football, Tennis, and Ping Pong
Japan is a great experience and a gives a wonderful view of different cultural aspects.


Hi! I’ m Dylan. I’m 16 years old, and I go to Barrie North Collegiate. I enjoy reading, drawing, hanging out with friends. I spend approximately 65% of my leisure time on the computer. I love almost any kind of music- you’ll pretty much always see me with headphones around my neck! ??


Deirdre Laxton :


Age: 16
School: Barrie Central Collegiate
Hobbies: I like art (pastels, and painting), music (I play flute, and I sing a lot even though I probably should not), and I like playing sports but I’m not on any teams nor am I any good at them.



Name: Erin O’Connell

Age: 16

School: Saint Josephs High School

I love skating , playing in the school band, reading , traveling and having fun with my friends. I loved going to Japan. I had a wonderful home stay family and I made so many amazing friends, Canadian and Japanese.






My name is Hailey Tilleczek and I am a grade 12 student attending Eastview Secondary. During the summer I enjoy playing soccer as well as spending a lot of time at my cottage where I can sail and swim. During the winter months I am a snowboard instructor at Snowvalley I like to snowmobile and I also help coach the senior and junior dance teams at Eastview. My hobbies include staying active and being involved in my community. Traveling to Japan was an amazing experience and someday I wish to return for a visit.


My name is Kaela Williams (I'm the girl in the middle!) and going into this program I was 16. Anyways...I go to Bear Creek Secondary School and am currently in grade 11. I'm not in any sports clubs or anything, though I do like sports like volleyball and soccer. But I do love to draw and write, and read. I loved going to Japan, it was so much fun! By the way, in my photo, on the left side is Aki who was my host partner! She's so kind and really funny! On the right is Aki's mom! She looks so young! They both made my stay a pleasant one!

Music: J-Pop, Rock, Pop, Dance, Metal Opera



(A Purikura (Japanese photo booth) picture of Hailey(right) and I.)

About Me

Name: Kelley Still

School: Innisdale Secondary

Hobbies: I like to read, hang out with my friends, and travel.

Memories of Japan: I’d have to say that one of my favorite times in Japan was the first night we spent in Tokyo, trying to figure out how to work the shower and the air conditioning in our tiny hotel room. Another memory of mine was dancing in the Tokunai festival, and riding on the float with my partner Miki.





My name is Laura Van Ryswyk and I am 16 years old. I attend St. Joan of Arc high school where I am in grade 11. I enjoy snowboarding in the winter and swimming in the summer. Japan was a blast and we met some very nice people there – by far my favorite country in the world.


I, Natalie Brooke Bolton, am sixteen year-old Barrie Central Collegiate student with an avid passion for travel and cultures. I am a rugby player, a music and film aficionado, and I have a keen interest for the CBC and news programs.


My name is Stacey Copeland. I was part of the August 2006 Youth Ambassadors trip to Murayama, Japan. I am 15 years old. I love photography and music. I have been playing guitar for about a year now and I love it. I am in grade 10 at Barrie Central Collegiate. I am part of the Classics Club at my school. I loved my experience in Japan.


Name: Trevor Anderson
School: St. Joan of Arc
Activities: Reading, Traveling, Sports, Language, Mountain Climbing!!
Sports: Tennis, Basketball, Baseball
Music: J-pop. Rock.

About Me: I am in my own opinion a really nice person, I really like being with friends and making new ones. I am a bit excessive compulsive and prioritize too much but people still love me.

Japan Trip: The first thing I saw when we arrived at the Narita airport were the men on the ground bowing as the plane stopped. This was just the beginning of the extreme politeness
and respect the Japanese showed us, which is not well known in western culture. They are an intriguing people. From the moment they wake they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue. I have never seem such discipline. The best thing I experienced had to of either been climbing a mountain with my host family and staying at a luxurious hotel or The tokunai dance. I really enjoyed being able to get involved with something as fun as dancing the streets of Murayama. This dance lasted three hours, but I barely noticed the time go by because of the amount of fun that we were having. We really saw so much in Japan and experienced so much. This was due to all of the caring people who put there time and effort into this program and people like Lou and Rick that had a dedication to make it the best experience for us. I greatly appreciate everyone who helped in any way. This trip has changed my life and I will forever remember all the great times that I had.





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