This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Odyssey program! Formerly known as the Official-Languages Monitor Program (OLMP), the Odyssey program was established in 1973, to promote Canada’s two official languages and the cultures they convey, by encouraging Canadian young people to make their language and culture known to students in a region other than their own.
Since its inception, the program has welcomed more than 36,000 participants. Over the years, we have met many people whose lives were changed after their participation in Odyssey. Some participants changed their career path for one in education. Some participants remained involved in the program, from being a language assistant, to becoming a teacher or a school principal who welcomed language assistants in their classroom or school, to working at a school board and being responsible for all the language assistants in their district. Some participants have the career they have because of their experience in Odyssey. Some participants even fell in love with their host province or territory and never went back home!
We are impressed by the energy and contagious enthusiasm that current language assistants have for sharing their culture and promote their language, and we never cease to be amazed by the success stories of those who participated in the Odyssey program.
The founders of the Odyssey program would be very proud to see the program from coast to coast to coast, and to see that the values of the program are as alive and new today as they were in 1973.
We want to thank you for being a part of the ever-evolving Odyssey experience!