Engaged in Change: Engaging youth in the development of their communities – IDW 2014


On February 6th, as a part of International Development Week 2014, Canada World Youth hosted the event:

“Engaged in Change: Engaging youth in the development of their communities.”

This event seeks to highlight the role youth play in the development of their communities, as well as the necessity to engage youth as active players in shaping their collective future. Through presentations and discussions by youth and youth advocates, we will examine the impact of youth engagement at a community and international level.

Together, we will seek to answer the questions: When? How? and Why? we should actively engage youth in the discussions, planning and implementation of projects that better the future and potential of our communities.

When: Thurs. February 6th 6-9 pm

Where: Lost + Found Cafe, 33 W. Hastings, Vancouver BC.

What: Discussion and Networking. Food and Drink will be served.  

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Helaine Boyd: A youth leader in the field of land mines and post-conflict victim services having worked in Kathmandu, Nepal for both Handicap International and CIDA.  She is currently with the Communications and Policy Office for the Surviving Gun Violence Project creating policy briefs for government stakeholders and assisting with social media and marketing. (www.helaine-boyd.com)

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Alex Vasiljevic: In  his  14th year working with RayCam (www.raycam.org) as a youth worker with mainly aboriginal and immigrant youth on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Staff at RayCam follow a relationship based model of youth work and try to work with the whole family where possible. Alex oversees child protection case management, advocacy and promotion of social inclusion. He also spearheaded the NASKARZ Program (Never Again Steal Karz - www.naskarz.com) in partnership with Vancouver Police and Vancouver Community College. Watch the Naskarz video!


Tamo Campos: 23 year old Tamo Campos grew up in North Vancouver, a sponsored snowboarder who has now become engaged in environmental and humanitarian work. Tamo founded of the organization Beyond Boarding which works to spreads awareness on environmental and social issues in the outdoor community.The organization has been engaged in numerous campaigns, presented to various high schools, created two documentary films, and split boarded around BC in a school bus that runs on waste veggie oil. Watch the video: Northern Grease  . Follow Beyond Boarding @beyondboarding 


Elizabeth Zarpa: Elizabeth Zarpa is originally from Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Labrador. Her ancestry is Inuit and she comes from a land claims region known as Nunatsiavut (which means “our beautiful land in Inuktittut”). In 2010-2011, Elizabeth was a participant in the Canada World Youth all women’s Youth Leaders in Action exchange between New Brunswick & Ghana.  She has worked with national Aboriginal organizations such as Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami based out of Ottawa and is the winner of the 2013 Indspire Award, as well as a 2013-2015 Jane Glassco Fellow, Water & Duncan Gordon Foundation. Elizabeth has continued her support of Canada World Youth and is currently an acting Board Member.


The venue, the Lost + Found cafe has a strong focus on good coffee, good food, community, creativity and philanthropy. Thanks to Lost + Found Cafe for hosting the event.

If you have any questions please contact Laura Howard, Communications Coordinator lhoward@cwy-jcm.org

This event was part of Canada World Youth’s community engagement activities for International Development Week, 2014, taking place across Canada from February 2nd to the 8th.


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