University of Calgary

Shad Valley students placed in alternative programs

UToday HomeJune 28, 2013

Given the recent flooding in southern Alberta, the University of Calgary regrets to announce the cancellation of its role as host of the Shad Valley program this summer. The safety of participants is paramount, and through the generosity of other programs, Shad Valley International was able to offer all Calgary-bound students a place in an alternate program. Five program assistants from Calgary were also reassigned to work at other locations.

Under the Shad Valley program, exceptional high school students get a chance to live and work at one of Canada’s top universities for four weeks, exploring their entrepreneurial and innovative potential as they focus on global challenges in a nurturing, transformational setting.

“Although we were disappointed not to be able to host Shad Valley this year, the support from Shad Valley International has been tremendous,” explains Susan Barker, vice-provost (student experience). “The organization worked extremely hard to reassign students, and I am confident the students involved will have the best possible experience. We did not want our unforeseen circumstances to impact Shad Valley students or volunteers, and we look forward to making next year’s program the best experience possible for participants.”

The university’s residences, which would have housed Shad Valley participants, are currently providing accommodation and meals to evacuees and RCMP officers. As the city is still under a state of emergency, it is unknown when these rooms will be free to accommodate guests and visitors.

For more information about the cancellation, please visit the Shad Valley International website.