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My Youth Summit Experience with Alex

A few of our Canada Service Corps alumni were selected to join 300 other Canadian youth at the Canada Youth Summit from May 2nd-3rd, 2019. This event took place in Ottawa and had an action packed schedule. Alex was one of the participants and shared reflections on the experience.

How did you hear about the Canada Youth Conference?

I learned about the Canada Youth Conference through the facilitators at mindyourmind. of a volunteer opportunity I had participated in about increasing awareness of resources and strategies to maintain positive mental health within the Halifax region. I honestly didn’t know too much about the Conference when I signed up, but gave it a shot anyway.

What did you do while you were there?

Most of the structured time was split between viewing live speakers and Break-Out sessions to formulate questions about the topics that were presented to us. This allowed us to discuss strategies to address important issues identified by Canadian youth. Beyond that, I met a bunch of great people from all across the country looking to make change in their communities.

What were the highlights?

Being able to make our grievances known to the Prime Minister was cathartic, I just wish more people had a chance, especially when we spent so much time composing our thoughts. Despite that, I think everyone came out of it with actionable goals to promote and work towards within their communities. It was also great to run into a few people I knew, and meet people from my province that I hadn’t already known.

What have you taken away from this experience?

Seeing the passion of young Canadians was inspiring and empowering. I appreciate learning about struggles other communities face, and how this has affected them. More importantly, the energy of everyone was infectious, and I was proud to be a part of it. Even if the Prime Minister is unable to act upon our calls to action, I know that we’ll continue to make our voices heard, and work towards a future that strives towards sustainability, social justice, and improved health and wellbeing for all Canadians. We don’t have a choice, because if change isn’t made, we won’t have a future.