February 4, 2015

Congratulations to Jaya Bordeleau-Cass, one of CWY’s 2015 Youth Leaders


Jaya Bordeleau-Cass, Ottawa, ON

Bordeleau-CassJaya Bordeleau-Cass was involved in various clubs and community activities and was inspired to continue this work by participating in a 6-month Canada World Youth Exchange to Alberta and Peru as a Youth Leaders in Action volunteer in 2010-2011. Upon her return, she moved back to her birthplace: the Haudenosaunee territory, located in Montreal. In 2012, Jaya worked with Making Waves Montreal offering swimming lessons to children with special needs, and as a mentor to elementary school age children at the Tyndale St-George Community Centre with the organization Dare to Dream. She also volunteered as a Meal Helper at Benedict Labre House, Centre for the Homeless.

She afterwards became deeply involved in the McGill University student community by joining initiatives such as the McGill’s Indigenous Studies Community as the Executive Coordinator of KANATA. She then oversaw a team of students committed to the promotion of Indigenous issues through workshops on campus, and the publication of an annual undergraduate journal dedicated to Indigenous academic and cultural content. During her undergraduate studies, Jaya also served as VP Communications for the Canadian Studies Students’ Association, VP External for Canada World Youth’s Montreal network, and as a project leader on wilderness excursions that brought together Canadian citizens with newly placed refugees. She also kept in touch with the Canada World Youth family in Montreal by volunteering at various outreach events and celebrations. From 2013 onwards, Jaya has worked in various capacities as a Youth Reconciliation Leader with Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE), and is now continuing her volunteerism in Ottawa, on traditional Algonquin territory.

Over the past years, Jaya Bordeleau-Cass has demonstrated strong leadership skills in workshop facilitation, public speaking, conflict resolution, and community outreach. She is passionate about her work with youth and is committed to working towards building strong communities based on respect and integrity.

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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