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May 24, 2017

Canada World Youth and Emirates Foundation Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and His Excellency  Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, represent Canadian government at signing ceremony.

MONTREAL, QC (May 23, 2017) – Ms. Rita S. Karakas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada World Youth (CWY), and Mrs. Clare Woodcraft-Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Foundation (EF), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in order to facilitate the collaboration of knowledge and experiences related to youth development while forming a team to identify and pursue areas of cooperation.

The signing ceremony took place at the Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, His Excellency Masud Husain, and in the presence of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Minister Hussen stated: “Bringing youth together and fostering dialogue and exchanges is crucial to building bridges. This is an important initiative for the youth of Canada and the United Emirates”. Ambassador Husain added:  “I am delighted to see this partnership between Canada World Youth and the Emirates Foundation. Connecting the youth of our two countries will increase knowledge and friendship that will help further develop our relations”.

For CWY, this collaboration will mean that the organization will share its expertise and support EF in the delivery of its programs. In addition, the MoU will make possible the participation of youth from the United Arab Emirates in the CWY Global Learner program and provide them internship opportunities in CWY’s global programming, including in Canada. “CWY is proud to seize the opportunity to work with Emirates Foundation and we look forward to developing quality programming that empowers youth”,   affirms Rita S. Karakas, Chief Executive Officer of CWY. This is the first collaboration between the two organizations, and also the first time CWY is carrying out activities in the UAE.

Clare Woodcraft-Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Foundation said: “At Emirates Foundation we believe in a focused model of philanthropy where impact can be maximized through effective and long term partnerships. This is part of the promise we bring to the UAE and the value proposition we offer our partners.” Woodcraft added: “Our broad spectrum of programmes – from leadership development, to volunteering, and promoting innovation and social enterprises in the UAE and GCC at large – are all invaluable ingredients for engaging our partners to give back to the community and play an active role in youth development. We are looking forward to working with Canada World Youth and engaging their teams in our programmes for the benefit of both organizations.”

Emirates Foundation

Emirates Foundation was launched in April 2005 as an initiative of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It is chaired by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In 2012, the Emirates Foundation was re-launched under the name “Emirates Foundation for Youth Development” as an integrated national initiative that seeks to invest in UAE youth. The new strategy uses the model venture philanthropy with a view to impacting the lives of young people in the UAE positively and permanently. To achieve this, the Foundation will work in three key focus areas: social inclusion; community engagement; and leadership and empowerment. It will seek to identify, educate and inform the public about challenges facing UAE youth while developing sustainable, enterprise-based solutions to social issues and motivating young Emiratis to volunteer, participate and give back to society.

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His Excellency  Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, Ms. Rita S. Karakas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada World Youth, Mrs. Clare Woodcraft-Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Foundation, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Mr. Brij Bali, Program Operations and Development Manager, Emirates Foundation.

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About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336, mmcgee@cwy-jcm.org.

Interviews and information (photos available):

Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336
mmcgee@cwy-jcm.org