October 16, 2006: Marc Kielburger to speak at Capilano College

      October 16, 2006
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Marc Kielburger, executive director of Free The Children (FTC), will visit Capilano College on Friday, October 20 at 2 p.m. in the Library building, room 322 to meet with Global Stewardship students and sign an educational agreement.

      The agreement between Capilano College and Free The Children, a Toronto-based charity that has changed the lives of more than one million young people worldwide, will recognize FTC’s certificate of completion for academic credit at the College.

      “In many ways, we developed the Global Stewardship program at Capilano College because we were inspired by the international work Marc and his brother, Craig, have been doing with their colleagues at Free The Children,” says College program convenor, Cam Sylvester. “It is a real honour to be able to recognize the important learning that occurs when young people volunteer with FTC.”

      Kielburger will speak about the benefits of the partnership, the relevance of Free The Children’s programming for youth, and the importance of civic engagement and service to others.

      “Free The Children seeks to empower youth around the world to become global citizens,” says Kielburger. “This partnership with Capilano College is a shining example of how educational institutes can help engage students in service learning.”

      Through a unique curriculum combining classroom study and volunteer work, Global Stewardship students gain the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to make the NGOs they volunteer for more effective. They also develop excellent communication, organizational, and group management skills that are considered highly desirable by employers, whatever the career they choose. More information on the program can be found at www.capilanou.ca/programs/global-stewardship/index.xhtml.

      Free The Children is the largest network of children helping children through education in the world. More than one million young people have been involved in their innovative youth-driven programs in more than 45 countries. The Toronto-based charity has built 400 schools around the world, provides education to 35,000 children every day and has helped 600,000 families obtain access to medical care. Founded by international child rights activist, Craig Kielburger, Free the Children has an established track record of success with three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize and partnerships with the United Nations and Oprah’s Angel Network.

      Capilano College serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,200 students in credit programs each term with and additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. The College offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.