February 2, 2015

Congratulations to Cheyenne Workman and Cory Nicotine, two of CWY’s 2015 Youth Leaders



Cheyenne Workman, Edmonton, AB (Driftpile First Nation)

WorkmanCheyenne Workman participated in a Canada World Youth (CWY) 6-week project in Peru in 2011 and was so inspired by her experience that she returned to CWY for a 4-month internship in Nicaragua in 2012, and again as a Project Supervisor Intern in Peru in winter 2013. After participating on the CWY programs, she continued her path of healthy living and positive decision-making by enrolling in the BA program at MacEwan University in Edmonton, where she is in her second year as a Sociology major.

Cheyenne volunteers with the Aboriginal Education Centre at MacEwan doing student recruitment and aiding in various events around campus. She is a member of the Boyle Street Education Centre’s Board of Directors, and assists in the processes of the school’s governance, providing a unique perspective as a former student. She is also an executive member of the Aboriginal Students’ Club, where she helps to organize events and manages the club’s finances. Moreover, Cheyenne works part time at the Old Strathcona Youth Society, a drop-in resource that provides empowerment and support services to high-risk and street involved youth between the ages of 14-24, that often struggle with issues such as homelessness and addiction, amongst a variety of other problems.

Cheyenne Workman is aspiring to encourage youth to face their struggles with an open mind and heart, by offering them the same empowerment she once received.


Cory Nicotine, Saddle Lake, AB (Saddle Lake Cree First Nation)

NicotineCory Nicotine participated on the Canada World Youth Youth Leader in Action program in Tanzania (2012-2013) and is now an active senior member of iHuman Youth Society’s Mentorship Circle.  He founded iHuman’s newest youth-led program Knowledge is Pow Wow, that focuses on bringing youth to different cultures and religions through creative activities and conversations.

Cory has also participated in the iHumans Friday Night Challenge group, where he supports his peers striving to remain clean and sober. He is also a co-researcher and contributor to iHuman’s Uncensored program, a curriculum that aims to educate and train social service providers and authority figures about the experiences of Edmonton’s high-risk youth population.

Over the past seven years, Cory has co-presented this curriculum to audiences at conferences and professional development sessions across Alberta and in Yellowknife. Cory Nicotine also works to develop an online version of a post-secondary Educational Psychology (EDPY) course in Alberta.

His sincere wish is to inspire other people to engage themselves in these projects that aim to gather people through their differences.

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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,

Interviews and information (photos available):

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