Last month Conference2Classroom founder Rachel Kuzmich sent an email to the Honorable Kirsty Duncan. This week she received a reply from her office, which we have copied below because inserting a pdf document was being uncoorperative for whatever reason this morning.
Dear Ms. Kuzmich,
On behalf of the Minister of Science and Sport, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, thank you for your correspondence of January 15, 2019, regarding the science communication organization you have started, Conference2Classroom. The Minister has asked that I respond on her behalf.
It is wonderful to learn about your efforts to connect researchers and other experts attending conferences with local classrooms. Experts who are eager to share their knowledge and passion for their work can be a great source of inspiration to young people. The Government of Canada recognizes the need to inspire the next generation of researchers and innovators, and I am pleased you have taken up this challenge. As you point out, this provides a space for young Canadians to hear first-hand what actual researchers are doing, and perhaps even more importantly, broadens their awareness of what careers are possible.
I see that Conference2Classroom has already succeeded in organizing several appearances of scientists in classrooms. I commend you for the time and commitment you have dedicated over the past few months to get the organization started.
Please accept my best wishes.
Assistant Deputy Minister
Science and Research Sector