January 31, 2005: Justin Trudeau to speak at Capilano College

      January 31, 2005
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Justin Trudeau, chair of the board of directors of Katimavik, will visit Capilano College on Thursday, February 3 at 2 p.m. in the Library building, room 321 to meet with Global Stewardship students and sign an educational agreement.

      The agreement between Capilano College and Katimavik, Canada’s leading national youth volunteer service program, will recognize the Katimavik program for academic credit.

      “Anyone who has graduated from a Katimavik program will be recognized for credit in two Global Stewardship courses at Capilano College,” says program coordinator, Cam Sylvester. “This new agreement will apply to students coming into the Global Stewardship program in September 2005.

      “I think its very important that Capilano College recognizes the value of volunteer work,” Cam continues, “both for the health of our communities and also for the development of our students as thoughtful and effective global citizens.”

      Trudeau will speak about the benefits of the partnership, the relevance of the Katimavik program to youth, and the importance of developing civic responsibility through volunteer service. He will be joined at the signing by Katimavik’s executive director Jean-Guy Bigeau, Hurrian Peyman, regional director, B.C./Yukon region, and students, faculty and senior administrators from Capilano College.

      “We are pleased to have Capilano College recognize the academic value of the Katimavik program,” says Bigeau. “I believe that Katimavik is an excellent fit with the Global Stewardship program, which helps young people acquire the necessary skills and knowledge needed to work in a non-governmental organization. The Global Stewardship program is close to our mission of developing Canada's young people through a challenging program of volunteer community work, training and group interaction.”

      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.

      The government of Trudeau’s father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, initiated the Katimavik program. It provides young Canadians between the ages of 17 and 21 with a positive and diversified work experience through volunteer service as well as an exciting nine-month journey of self-discovery. In addition to working 35 hours a week on community projects, participants benefit from a learning program that focuses on developing leadership skills, official second language proficiency and healthy lifestyle, making cultural discoveries and protecting the environment. Participating in the Katimavik program develops both valuable professional and personal skills. Since 1977, over 24,000 Canadians have participated in Katimavik. April 2, 2005 is the application deadline for the program starting next September. To find out more, visit the Web site at www.katimavik.org.

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