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May 5, 2004

Local partnerships support opportunities for youth
Education Week celebrations are continuing for secondary school students in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). They are getting ready to take part in two events this Thursday, May 6th.

1. One-day program at Loyalist College
Senior secondary students will take part in a one-day program at Loyalist College. The event is designed to give students an opportunity to focus their thoughts on being globally aware and socially responsible. In the morning, they will attend a presentation about On-Line Democracy and Social Responsibility, followed by another one on A Global Perspective from the Developmental Services Worker Program. Following the presentations, students will have the opportunity to talk to Rob Washburn, co-ordinator of the E-Journalism program, and Gary Warren, a faculty member in the Developmental Services Worker Program.

“The focus of the day is about inspiring our students to think about international opportunities as part of their post-secondary planning. We have worked closely with the Liaison Office at Loyalist College, and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation to co-ordinate the day,” remarks Carolyn Ketcheson, Careers Co-Ordinator.

As a special feature in the afternoon, students will attend a presentation by keynote speaker Dr. Richard Heinzl on the topic Making a Difference: The Opportunities of a Borderless World. Dr. Heinzl is the founder of Doctors Without Borders, Canada. His presentation will focus on:

• Lessons from Abroad: The Opportunities of a Borderless World
• From War Zones to the Internet
• The Doctors Without Borders Story

The event is co-hosted by HPEDSB, Loyalist College, and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.

2. Community Health Fair at Knights of Columbus Hall in Trenton
Also on May 6th, a group of 200 teenagers aged 15 to 18 will visit the Community Health Fair in Trenton. This is an opportunity for students to learn about the world of health care and the various career options.

With so many communities in Ontario struggling to maintain levels of health care to meet the needs of their citizens, this event supports the Board’s efforts to promote health care to students. It is part of a local initiative to enhance student interest in considering health care employment.

The event is co-ordinated by the East/Central Ontario Training Board.

Media representatives are invited to attend both events.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 46 elementary and eight secondary schools serving 18,700 students, employing 1,067 teachers and 775 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, contact:
• Carolyn Ketcheson, Careers Co-Ordinator, (613) 848-8414, or 966-1170, ext. 2325