Katimavik celebrates recent alumni and is lining up a new cohort for 30th anniversary year

    MONTREAL, Sept. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Over 700 Canadian youth can now
officially consider themselves Katimavik alumni, while a new cohort of
participants starts their Katimavik experience this month and in January 2008,
developing their sense of civic responsibility and gaining self-confidence.
Katimavik is a volunteer-service program for youth ages 17 to 21 who want to
make a difference and try something new.

    Katimavik is 30 years young

    Katimavik's goal is to form responsible citizens who will contribute
significantly to Canadian society. Since 1977, more than 28,000 young
Canadians have taken the same route, learning valuable skills through
volunteering, group living and discovering their country. Throughout
2007-2008, activities will be planned to celebrate Katimavik's
30th anniversary.
    During the nine-month Katimavik experience, participants live in three
Canadian communities, where they volunteer about 35 hours a week for a variety
of non-profit organizations. Everyday life consists of living with ten other
young people the same age and a project leader in a house rented by Katimavik.
The project leader supervises the activities and ensures the program's
implementation through workshops and activities pertaining to leadership
skills, official languages, environmental issues, cultural discovery and a
healthy lifestyle.

       In 2006-2007, participants contributed the equivalent of
743,997 volunteer work hours to over 700 non-profit organizations. The value
of these volunteer hours is estimated at $11,630,000.(1)

    Katimavik offers young Canadians the chance to discover what kind of work
they enjoy, learn news skills, contribute to communities, build their resume,
meet new people, learn some French, get work and life experience and kick
start their future. As a socio-economic study conducted by
Malatest & Associates Ltd. in 2005-2006 revealed, two-thirds (66%) of
participants claimed that Katimavik influenced their career plans. Valerie
Loxterkamp, a recent participant from North Vancouver, B.C., is a fine
example, demonstrating that the gap year can be very advantageous for careers
in the making:

        "My volunteer placement at Pembina Institute in Drayton Valley,
        Alberta, working on research and development on solar energy, as well
        as volunteering with the Nordic Ski Club, made me realize which
        facets of the experience I found engaging and wanted to pursue. I am
        now enrolled in Capilano College's outdoor recreation management
        program, because of what I learned during my time with Katimavik."

    Applications are still being accepted for groups starting in January

    For more info: www.katimavik.org


    1. Calculated using the average wage in the volunteer sector, according
       to Statistics Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Rocheleau, communications manager,
(514) 868-0898, 1-888-525-1503, ext. 2241, cell: (514) 707-1273,

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