Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Parks Canada Youth Ambassador Program
connects youth to nature and history
OTTAWA, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's
Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today
announced the names of the two young Canadians who will be the next
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors.
The ambassadors for the second year of the ten-year gift in honour of
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2011 Royal Tour are:
Julia Belliveau from Sussex, New Brunswick, who is currently attending
Carleton University in Ottawa; and
Colin Sutherland from Ottawa, Ontario, who is currently attending the
University of Ottawa.
This program offers two young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 a
unique opportunity to be youth ambassadors with Parks Canada. They will
explore some of Canada's most unique and interesting places first-hand
- biking, kayaking, hiking and reliving history - and share these
experiences with youth in their communities and at Parks Canada
"Congratulations to Julia and Colin on becoming Canada's next two Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors," said Minister
Kent. "Through this legacy program, our Parks Canada youth ambassadors
inspire young Canadians to be active, get outdoors and learn more about
Canada's natural beauty and rich history."
Ms. Belliveau and Mr. Sutherland were selected from the candidates who
applied for the position through a recruitment process for the two Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors in
collaboration with Global Vision, a non-profit organization with an
established record of engaging and supporting the leadership
development of Canadian youth.
"We are proud of our country's natural beauty and rich history and look
forward to sharing our experiences this summer with other young
Canadians," said Julia Belliveau. "We want to find innovative ways to
engage youth unfamiliar with Parks Canada so they see themselves as a
part of the natural and cultural heritage that extends across our
country," added Colin Sutherland.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the creation of the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge Parks Canada Youth Ambassador program as the
Government of Canada gift to Their Royal Highnesses to commemorate the
2011 Royal Tour of Canada.
The youth ambassador program is one of a number of initiatives by which
Parks Canada is working to connect youth to Canada's natural and
For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.
Image with caption: "The honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announces that Julia Belliveau (left) and Colin Sutherland (right) as the next Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130517_C8118_PHOTO_EN_26869.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment