Atlantic Youth nominated for Global Campaign

Eight Atlantic Canadian youth are being recognized for their inspiring contributions at home and abroad and are being named Youth Ambassadors by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC). The eight were chosen from among other youth in Atlantic Canada between the ages of 15-30 who have played an active role in the areas of social justice and environmental sustainability. Each Global Youth Ambassador will be profiled nationally with other youth leaders across Canada in recognition of their efforts to build a better future.

The eight selected finalists are: Kyle Warkentin – Halifax, NS, Taylor Quinn – Halifax, NS, Hilary Swan – Fredericton, NB, Haruho Kubota – Sackville, NB, Bobby Cameron – Hampton, PE, Noah Richardson – Summerside, PE, Donovan Taplin – Bell Island, NL and Sabrina Andrews – Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.

The Active-8! Campaign kicks off with International Development Week (February 3-9 th) with a launch of the campaign website and each Global Youth Ambassador promoting activities in their province throughout the month. These eight inspiring youth are inviting individuals and groups to make on-line commitments of action to create positive change at home and around the world. The Active-8! Youth Ambassador obtaining the most pledges will win a grand prize of $1000.

“These Active-8! Ambassadors exemplify the spirit of young Atlantic Canadians who are playing an active role making our communities better, locally and globally,” says Hana Nelson, the Active-8! Campaign Coordinator for ACIC. These eight are excited to inspire and motivate others to join them. Through them we have hope for the future.”

The Active-8! Youth Ambassadors will activate global citizenship in their communities by collecting commitments of action to make a better world together. If you would like to join the movement or learn more about the campaign, please visit www.2013.active8campaign.com. -30-

For more information contact:
Hana Nelson Active-8 Campaign Coordinator
Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
Phone: (902) 431-2311
Email: info@acic-caci.org

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

ABOUT THE ACTIVE-8! CAMPAIGN:

The Active-8! Campaign is a project of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) made possible with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). For more information on the Active-8! Campaign and to register your pledge of action during International Development Week, visit www.2013.active8campaign.com.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK (IDW): Held annually, the first full week of February, IDW highlights and illustrates the work of Canada's development community. IDW provides a great opportunity for Canadians to: increase the awareness of the role many Canadians play in international development; learn more about life in developing countries; and find out how they can become global citizens, actively involved in international development. For more information on IDW 2013 and a list of national events, visit: www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/idw

ABOUT ACIC: The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is a coalition representing more than 70 organizations, institutions and individuals working in the Atlantic region which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all. ACIC also takes a leadership role in engaging Atlantic Canadians around issues relating to international development, global sustainability, and social justice. http://www.acic-caci.org .