February 6, 2015

Congratulations to Tyler Colbourne and Valérie Savaria, two of CWY’s 2015 Youth Leaders


Tyler Colbourne, Dartmouth, NS

ColbourneTyler began his involvement with Canada World Youth (CWY) as a volunteer on the Quebec-Burkina Faso/Mali exchange project from May 2003 to December 2004. During the program, Tyler volunteered in St-Anselme, Quebec and in Yako, Burkina Faso (West Africa).

An avid photographer, Tyler has provided his services voluntarily to CWY on many occasions, especially during an Alumni tour in Eastern Canada in 2009. In addition to ongoing volunteer engagement with the organization, Tyler served as a CWY Project Supervisor from June 2012 and April 2014 on three different youth volunteer programs.

Since that time, Tyler has been an active alumni volunteer, staying engaged with CWY by coordinating host families for the CWY youth volunteer program, and thus helping tremendously with the transition of our Canadians and overseas youth volunteers in the community. He has also been active in his community, supporting local youth volunteer projects by providing guidance and leadership as a resource person.

Tyler hopes to continue being an engaged citizen, and adding many more years to his current 15 years of volunteering experience.


Valérie Savaria, Montreal, QC

SavariaSince her experience in Canada World Youth’s Youth Leader in Action (YLA) program in Tanzania and Ontario in 2010-2011, Valérie Savaria remains active in different initiatives related to social justice. She has remained actively involved with CWY as a volunteer recruiter and support person to youth volunteers. Her responsibilities have included promoting CWY programs to youth in her community by organizing community events, assisting meetings with school faculty, and facilitating information sessions for interested youth. Moreover, Valerie worked has a Project Supervisor Intern for the YLA program in June and July 2014.

Over the past few years, Valérie has also been a leader, role model, and active member with Amnesty International Canada’s Youth & Student Program. She has taken an active role with youth on a local level, and with other Amnesty International groups and structures in her region.

Valérie recently joined the Amnesty’s National Youth Organizer Program, to help build a new generation of young activists within her community. She since created the Supporter’s Dance for Rights to raise awareness for Amnesty’s global letter-writing event Write for Rights on December 8th, 2014.

Valérie Savaria has demonstrated time and again the capacity of young leaders to create positive notable change in their communities and pursue today her involvement with a lot of devotion.

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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