The Blue Chair Campaign: Helping Ontario's Youth Find Their Chair

    TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Over the next two weeks, campuses across Ontario
will be hosting new guests - empty Blue Chairs. As part of a campaign aimed at
creating awareness and taking action at reducing barriers to post-secondary
education, seven universities will be participating in OUSA Blue Chair
campaign. The Blue Chair Campaign will target students, parents, the media,
and the provincial government.
    "Too often in our province young, bright minds do not attend university
due to financial, cultural, geographical or informational barriers. The empty
Blue Chairs on campuses across Ontario symbolize the lost potential for our
province and its students" said David Simmonds, President of the Ontario
Undergraduate Student Alliance.
    "We look forward to taking our campaign to campuses and broadening
important discussions about what matters - student success" continued
Simmonds. "The Blue Chair campaign will provide members and friends the
opportunity to become directly involved in our first fundraising event, aimed
at contributing to increasing the success and accessibility of those students
who face educational barriers."
    The culmination of the campaign will bring thousands of students together
with a simultaneous, massive event involving thousands of students on
January 24th on the following seven campuses:

    McMaster University
    Brock University
    Wilfrid Laurier University
    The University of Western Ontario
    The University of Waterloo
    Queen's University
    The University of Windsor

    The funds raised at each event will be donated in the name of a student,
from each campus to an early outreach program in their local community. These
programs will work to help Ontario's youth find their chair.
    For more information on the Blue Chair campaign and the events being held
on each campus, please visit or join the Blue Chair
Facebook group.
    For more information on OUSA's policy and campaign activities, please

    OUSA represents the interests of 140,000 professional and undergraduate,
full- and part-time university students at seven institutions across the

For further information:

For further information: Chris Locke, Executive Director, OUSA, (416)
341-9948; David Simmonds, President, OUSA, (416) 341-9948; Howie Bender,
Director of Communications, OUSA, (416) 341-9948

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