MONTAGUE, PE, Sept. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for the 2013 edition of the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC).
"The CLSC offers a wonderful opportunity for youth from across Canada to learn more about our country, while exploring their potential and acquiring invaluable leadership skills," said Minister of State Gosal. "We are pleased to help young Canadians build their future and the future of our great country."
This funding is allowing 750 students, aged 14 to 19, to travel to Montague, Prince Edward Island, to take part in a five-day forum from September 17 to 21, 2013. The forum focuses on building leadership skills and broadening cultural understanding, and participants will engage in community service sessions, workshops, group discussions, and keynote addresses. They will also have opportunities to explore the history and culture of Prince Edward Island and Canada through guided tours of Charlottetown.
"Our Government is offering young people the opportunity to connect with one another and exchange ideas, while deepening their knowledge of Canada and its history," said Minister Glover. "We are proud to invest in programming that helps youth become active citizens who will contribute to the strength of our great nation."
"The support provided by Canadian Heritage to CSLC has enabled schools from Vancouver Island to the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland to travel to many diverse regions of the country to develop their leadership skills, cultivate intellectual and personal growth, and foster a stronger sense and appreciation of the cultural fabric that is Canadian Society," said John Dennison, Newfoundland Director, Canadian Student Leadership Association. "As both a teacher advisor and a parent of a current CSLC delegate, I have had the pleasure of witnessing, both professionally and personally, how the financial support has an irreplaceable value to the CSLC experience; it opens the 'leadership experience door' to so many young Canadians!"
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $240,000 to the Canadian Student Leadership Association through the Exchanges Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadian youth opportunities to connect with one another, learn new things about Canada and its history, explore the diversity of its communities, languages and cultures, and get involved in the future of the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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