December 5, 2017

Message from the President and C.E.O. – CWY Newsletter December 2017

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Canada World Youth and staff, I would like to acknowledge the contributions of our volunteers on this International Volunteer Day. We thank them for collaborating with local youth in advancing equality as well as supporting capacity building and sustainable development with local partners. Together, we unite Canada and the world!  

I have lots of good news concerning Canada World Youth since our last Newsletter!

As you all are aware last June, The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, launched Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. Canada World Youth actively participated in the consultation process leading up to the policy, and we were glad to see that some of our recommendations had been heard by the Government.  Furthermore, the Chair of the CWY Board of Directors, Mr. Rob Norris, and I had our first formal meeting in November with Minister Bibeau to introduce her to CWY activities.

Also in June, we were very proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Leadership Awards, the conclusion of the 2017 Leadership Month. It is an immense privilege to highlight the determination and commitment of our alumni, Stephanie (Indonesia, 2014), Jennifer (Québec/Bénin, 1999-2000) and Hendriyadi (Nova-Scotia/Indonesia 2009-2010).

Our programming team has been very active over the last year working on new programs and initiatives. On September 5th, the first cohort of Canadian participants to the China-Canada Young Leaders Program left for Shanghai! We are very proud of this first group of young leaders! We are now accepting applications for next year’s program! We are also very proud to announce the Canada World Youth Fundacja Euroweek Global Learner Program which brings Canadian and international volunteers together to assist Polish students in broadening their perspective about cultural differences and harness their skills for international collaboration. Recruitment for this program will start shortly.

EQWIP HUBs, has multiple opportunities for Canadians looking to grow professionally and personally while making a difference. In each of the 18 HUBs, Canadian volunteers work in partnership with youth participants from the developing world to help create a better future for all. To find the opportunity that matches your skills and interest, you can visit the project website at

With more than 46 years of experience, CWY expertise working with youth on the international scene is well known: we are currently a sub-contractor in the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC)’s Preventing Irregular Child Migration in Central America project. My colleague Fabienne Pierre-Jacques, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, accompanied by Vladimir Gomez, flew to Guatemala this summer to attend Project Implementation Planning meetings. We were glad to hear that the project manager.

In addition, CWY was also very active with Indigenous youth, over the last few months. Last April, Arnold Blackstar, Director of Indigenous Programming, attended the 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) with a CWY Delegation of 6 indigenous youth and CWY co-hosted with the Permanent Mission of Canada at the United Nations an event marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) 10th Anniversary. Furthermore, Canada World Youth signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NationTalk, Canada’s Premier Aboriginal newswire, employment, event and tender service, and entered in agreement with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

I want to take this occasion to salute the work of my friend and colleague Arnold Blackstar with Indigenous youth and thank him for his dedication to CWY, as Arnold decided to take on new professional challenges as Director, Indigenous Education Branch at the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development of Ontario. We are now recruiting for the position of Director of Indigenous Programming, based in Ottawa.

There is a lot happening! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you for doing your part and for your commitment to CWY and the next generation of world leaders.

Best regards,

Rita S. Karakas
President and C.E.O.
Canada World Youth

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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