MONTREAL, MAY 4, 2011 - Liberal Member of Parliament for Papineau Justin Trudeau will be at Laurier Macdonald High School (7355 Viau) in St. Leonard on Thursday, May 5 (11:45 a.m.) to participate in the Alberta UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) National Student Conference. This will be transmitted by video so that students from seven schools in Alberta can also participate.
The conference, which actually runs; until May 7 in Alberta, includes student-focused sessions on intercultural education, human rights, global concerns and the role of the United Nations and environmental education.
In the case of Trudeau, who was re-elected on Monday, the education and empowerment of youth are priorities that have dominated his professional and personal life. Shortly after completing a degree at McGill University, he moved to Vancouver to earn a bachelors of education degree from the University of British Columbia. For the next four years, he devoted himself to teaching children of all ages.
Returning home to Montreal, Trudeau was actively involved with Katimavik, Canada's leading national youth volunteer-service program, where he worked to increase the engagements of Canada's youth towards their country and their communities. In addition to Katimavik, he has als been involved with the Canadian Avalanche Foundation, promoting intelligent risk-taking and safety awareness; and wilderness groups such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. For the past few years, he has been speaking out across the country on education, environment and youth issues, while encouraging all Canadians to make a more active role in shaping the future of their world.
During his sesssion; Trudeau plans to challenge youth to stand up and play an active role in their communities, their country and ultimately the world. Sharing his passion for the building of a sustainable future, both as citizens of Canada and of our the globe, his talk will inspire all UNESCO Associated School participants to see themselves as agents of change, not of the future, but of today. For more details go to http://www.2learn.ca/UNESCO.