Airline surprises 16 youth leaders with trip of a lifetime
CALGARY, Dec. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - WestJet continues to celebrate the spirit
of the season with the Boys and Girls Clubs surprise adventure with WestJet video. As part of an early Christmas gift, WestJet surprised 16 youth
leaders from Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) of Calgary and Orlando, Florida
with the adventure of a lifetime. To view the Boys and Girls Clubs surprise adventure with WestJet video, click here.
The heartwarming video stars eight youth from the BGC of Calgary and
eight youth from BGC of Central Florida as they travel across North
America by plane, volunteer in two communities, forge lifelong
friendships and have fun in a way that only WestJet can facilitate. The
youth were brought together for the opportunity to share in new
experiences, learn from each other and further develop their leadership
"It is an extension of our caring culture to create remarkable
experiences for the young people our WestJet Cares for Kids partners
serve," said Jenifer Badry, WestJet Team Lead, Community Investment.
"Our partnerships are designed to enrich lives, while encouraging and
enhancing youth development. These 16 exceptional Boys and Girls Club
leaders will never forget their time together and will take back what
they learned and apply it in their local clubs and communities."
"We are proud to partner with an organization that promotes kindness and
leading by example," said Marlene Deboisbriand, Interim President and
CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. "Thanks to WestJet, these youth
leaders - kind and exemplary individuals themselves - were given an
experience they will carry with them forever. The chance to gain a
different perspective, help out two different communities and have a
brilliant time is priceless."
"WestJet Cares for Kids was born out of WestJetters' desire to
positively impact the health and well-being of children and youth,"
said Badry. "In addition to creating remarkable experiences, we also
contribute the gift of flight that helps our charitable partners
deliver essential programs to children and youth, raise money and
reduce the cost of their business travel."
To read more about the surprise adventure from the perspective of two
lucky attendees, visit the WestJet blog.
In 2015, WestJet Cares for Kids donated more than 7,050 one-way flights
to our charitable partners. Throughout the holiday season, WestJetters
also hosted Christmas parties for 25 Boys and Girls Clubs across
WestJet Cares for Kids charitable partners are Big Brothers Big Sisters
Canada, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, The David Foster Foundation,
Free the Children, Hope Air, Make-A-Wish Canada, Missing Children
Society of Canada, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is dedicated to supporting and
encouraging children and youth as they grow and develop. We are a
national charity serving 96 member Clubs that provide services to
210,000 young people in 650 locations across Canada. Our trained staff
and volunteers listen to the opinions and ideas of children and youth,
applaud their accomplishments, lend support during their struggles and
provide ways for them to explore their interests and talents. With
this encouragement, young people develop the confidence and sense of
belonging that helps them succeed in school, form positive
relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. For 115
years, we have welcomed children, youth and their families into Clubs
that reflect the diversity of Canada in small and large cities, and
rural and Aboriginal communities. Visit bgccan.com and follow us at facebook.com/bgccan and twitter.com/bgccan.
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