February 3, 2015

Congratulations to Daryl Kootenay, one of CWY’s 2015 Youth Leaders


Daryl Kootenay, Morley, AB (Stoney Nakoda First Nation)

KootenayDaryl was a Youth Volunteer on Canada World Youth’s (CWY) Aboriginal Peru exchange project from January to June 2012. During his CWY volunteer program, Daryl volunteered in the community of Palca, Peru, and has since been an active CWY alumni volunteer. He participated in the “Aboriginal Youth and Confederation: Learning from the past, building for the future conference” in 2014, an event cohosted by CWY and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island, as part of the PEI 2014 Charlottetown Conference sesquicentennial celebration. He was also a member of CWY’s Delegation at the U.N. World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014.

Following his Canada World Youth involvement, Daryl actively volunteered in his native community, Morley, AB as a youth leader. Amongst other roles, he was a group leader for the Project NOWE (Nakoda Outdoor Wilderness Experience), providing leadership to local youth. He also volunteered with the organization Canada Bridges developing “youth hang-outs” once a week. Daryl has since been hired as a Program Assistant and Youth Engagement Coordinator by both organizations. He also currently serves on CWY’s Aboriginal Youth Steering Committee. Finally, Daryl is currently involved in establishing The Stoney Nakoda Youth Council, Morley’s first youth council. The council will provide a space for youth voices to be heard, giving youth the opportunity to address their thoughts, needs, and issues, and will enable them to act on their ideas as a team to bring positive change in their community

Daryl is determined to support, engage and empower youth in his community in the journey towards a just and harmonious world.

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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