MONTREAL, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Jacques Hébert, founder of Canada World
Youth, died on December 6th at 8:45 PM. He was 84.
Jacques Hébert founded Canada World Youth (CWY) in 1971 to offer youths
from different cultures a chance to live and do volunteer work together while
sharing their thoughts and ideas. His goal was to enable young people to
acquire the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to play an active role
in the development of just, harmonious, and sustainable societies.
"Throughout his life, Jacques Hébert devoted himself to youth with
remarkable passion and energy," declared Alexandre Trudeau, chairman of the
board of CWY and a close friend of Mr. Hébert. "Committed to justice and
equality, he was convinced that young people could effect extraordinary
changes within society. His legacy is a program whose positive impact has
transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people across Canada and around
the world. In fact his work helped prepare thousands of young citizens of the
world to cultivate tolerance and resolve conflict in a peaceful and
A tireless globetrotter, Mr. Hébert loved speaking with participants in
the CWY program. On many occasions, they confided to him just how deeply CWY
had affected their lives. In 1977, his commitment to youth inspired him to
create Katimavik, a program offering youths 17 to 21 a volunteer experience in
Born in Montreal on June 21, 1923, Mr. Hébert had a distinguished career
as a writer and publisher. A contributor to the French-language daily Le
Devoir (1951-1953), he founded two publishing houses - Editions de l'Homme
(1958) and Editions du Jour (1961). He also wrote many books, including Two
Innocents in Red China (1960, in collaboration with Pierre Elliott Trudeau),
J'accuse les assassins de Coffin (1963), The World is Round (1976), and, most
recently, La comtesse de Merlin (2004).
In 1983, Mr. Hébert was appointed to the Senate of Canada, where he held
several positions, including Chairman of the Special Senate Committee on Youth
(1984-86). He retired from political life in 1998.
Mr. Hébert's strong leadership skills, extraordinary career, and ability
to motivate and inspire others earned him numerous honours. He was made
Officer of the Order of Canada and Knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade; he was
awarded an honourary doctoral degree from Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnic
University; and he was nominated for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.
Canada World Youth is now in its 36th year. Since 1971, it has enabled
almost 30,000 participants from across Canada and around the world to
participate in international educational programs in more than 67 countries.
The CWY model has been adopted by many other countries, including England,
Holland, and Sweden. Mr. Hébert sat on the organization's board of directors
until 2007, the year of his death.
For further information:
For further information: Chloé Gaudet, Communications Coordinator,
Canada World Youth, (514) 931-1614, local 318, Toll free: 1 800-605-3526,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Note to media relations officers: Mr. Hébert died at 8:45
PM on December 6th in his Montreal residence. Information on funeral
arrangements will follow. Interviews may be arranged through our
Communications department with Alexandre Trudeau, chairman of the board of
Canada World Youth. Please note that the family of Jacques Hébert has asked
not to be contacted by the media.