Food for thought: Ottawa youth meet peers from Tanzania to discuss global food crisis

    World Vision Youth Empowered leadership conference brings 100 students

    OTTAWA, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Ottawa youth welcome Grace Makundi, 16, and
Baraka Musa, 14, visiting student leaders from Tanzania, for the fifth annual
Youth Empowered leadership conference to discuss how to take action against
hunger, poverty and injustice.
    More than 100 Ottawa students are expected to participate in World
Vision's Youth Empowered leadership conference, the first of four national
events taking place in major cities across Canada including Toronto, Vancouver
and Winnipeg.

    WHAT:     An award-winning, high-energy event that educates local youth
              about pressing global issues through interactive workshops and
              discussions. With the global food crisis threatening to push
              35 million children deeper into poverty, this year's conference
              will focus on the global food crisis and how youth can take
              action to help millions of people meet the basic necessities of

    WHEN:     Thursday, February 12, 2009
              Conference registration: 8:00 a.m.
              Workshop sessions: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    WHERE:    Embassy West Hotel & Conference Centre
              1400 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 7L8

    WHO:      Students from schools in the Ottawa area
              Special guest speakers Grace Makundi and Baraka Musa, student
              leaders from Tanzania
              Nick Lefrancois, World Vision Youth Ambassador from Quebec

    WHY:      World Vision will be engaging youth on global issues and
              encouraging them to take action against hunger, poverty and
              injustice by providing them with the tools and resources
              necessary strengthen their leadership skills and make a
              difference in the world.

    Thousands of Ottawa students join the fight against hunger by
participating in Canada's longest running youth action campaign, the World
Vision 30 Hour Famine every year. More than 100,000 Canadian youth will
participate in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine again this year, April 3-4,
2009. Their goal is to raise $5 million for projects in areas most devastated
by the global food crisis.

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion,
race, ethnicity or gender. To learn more about World Vision, please visit

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For further information: or to arrange an interview contact: Karen
Flores, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3497, (416) 277-5563 (cell),; Corina Chevalier, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3899,

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