The 2019 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference (ILC) can be summed up as five exhausting but exciting days filled with new friendships, memories, and experiences. 2019 marked HOSA Canada’s fifth anniversary competing in this international conference. Spirits were high and energy was buzzing as thousands of students, both secondary and post-secondary, came together from countries such as Canada, the United States, and China. Out of the thousands, there were twelve students from Marc Garneau that participated in ILC from 19 to 23 June in Orlando, Florida. Each student competed in an event from one of the following categories: teamwork, leadership, emergency preparedness, health professions, and health sciences. 

Students stayed at Disney’s All Stars Sports Resort, a family-friendly resort located in Bay Lake; located around three kilometers south of Coronado Springs Convention Centre, the location of the conference.  

Depending on their event, students competed in either one or two rounds on 20 and 21 June. For events that included skill performance, a written examination and an event related act were performed. For other events that typically had one round, there was a written examination and a free response question for tiebreakers. A total of fifty-eight events were judged and scored. The ten highest-scoring participants were recognized at one of two awards ceremonies. The first awards ceremony was for National Geographic Learning, Academic Testing, Teamwork and Leadership Events. The second was the ceremony for Health Professions, Health Sciences, and Emergency Preparedness. 

When students were not competing, there were workshops, symposiums, and other activities provided to students for further enrichment. Workshops and symposiums consisted of various interactive lessons and speeches from health professionals in different health science fields. Students were able to expand their knowledge and create new and valuable connections with their peers and instructors. Pin trading was also a common activity; participants received pins representing their own states or countries. These pins were then traded with competitors from other regions around the world. After two days of competing, students were also given the opportunity to relax and have fun at the various theme parks in Orlando, such as Universal Studios and Disney Parks.

The Reckoner would like to congratulate the following students for their accomplishments at ILC:

Aiman Altaf – Top 10 finalist, KT: Nutrition  

Ryan Chang – Top 10 finalist, Researched Persuasive Public Speaking 

Jessica Guo, Gabriel Luo – Top 10 finalists, CERT Skills