SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – It was a memorable trip for Amani Taleb and Addison MacAusland.
Earlier this fall, the Summerside girls learned they had won the YTV contest Kid Food Nation, in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, encouraging youth to create their own healthy recipes for snacks and meals.
Recently, Amani, Addison and their families travelled to Ottawa to participate in a gala dinner with the federal Health Minister Ginette Pettipas Taylor.
“I got to sit next to her at the dinner. She was really nice,” said Addison.
Amani said her favourite part was the gala dinner.
“It was really big… and really fun,” she said beaming.
“Seeing the certificate with my name on it, I was really proud of myself. It was all really cool to experience.”
Addison’s favourite part was spending time with her family in Ottawa.
“We got to spend a lot of time together. We also went to Parc Omega and Kids Kingdom. It was all a lot of fun.”
Amani says the gala has inspired her to try new foods.
“I want to start making more recipes that I can use for my lunch and suppers. It’s made me want to eat healthier.”