December 5, 2013

Canada World Youth Celebrates International Volunteer Day, 2013

On behalf of Canada World Youth staff and the Board of Directors, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our youth volunteers, past and present, for the important contributions they are making to their communities through their active volunteerism and leadership.

Youth volunteers represent an amazing human and social capital that we need to leverage for the future of our communities.  Every year, more than one thousand Canada World Youth volunteers contribute to over 1 million hours of volunteer time in communities across Canada and around the world.

Today, we pay special tribute to the role of youth volunteerism in contributing to global peace and sustainable human development. Through our over 40 years of programming, we have seen the impact that young people can have when given the opportunity, support and training to become agents of change in their communities. Many Canada World Youth volunteers have gone on to lead important initiatives in their communities, inspiring and creating space for other youth to take on leadership roles at a local level. This is the impact of empowering youth volunteers!  Give youth the opportunity to lead and an amazing ripple effect of leadership will follow, one that is hopeful, innovative and rooted in positive, lasting change.

Once again, to all CWY youth volunteers, and youth everywhere volunteering to better their communities, we thank you for making our world a better place.

Rita Karakas,

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada World Youth

International Volunteer Day, 2013


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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,

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Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336