Secondary school students participate in volunteer challenge

Youth of today want to make a difference for their communities. An event on Monday, April 11, 2011 will showcase how students at local secondary schools are doing their part through their actions and keen interest to help others.

4th Annual Change the World: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge

DATE: Monday, April 11, 2011
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Gleaners Food Bank, 25 Wallbridge Crescent, Belleville
SPECIAL GUESTS: Invited are:

  • The Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
  • The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education
  • Jocelyn Bovay, Grade 12 student, Moira Secondary School, has been instrumental in planning this event and will introduce and thank the special guests
  • Rami Saab, Grade 11, Centennial Secondary School, will explain how students can get involved in volunteering and why it is important to do so

April 10, 2011 marked the launch of the 4th Annual Change the World: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. Secondary school students are encouraged to complete three hours of volunteering over three weeks and make a difference in their community.

Six Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board schools are participating in the challenge:

  • Bayside Secondary School
  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • Trenton High School

These schools have been holding food drives to support local food banks, and have also been collecting baby food for the Community Development Council.

According to Volunteer & Information Quinte, to date, more than 800 students from nine area high schools within Hastings County and Prince Edward County are currently registered with Volunteer & Information Quinte. Volunteer opportunities throughout the Quinte region are plentiful—VIQ currently lists more than 470 activities that include a wide range of interests, such as the trash bash, 30-hour famine, community tree planting or anti-hate day.

Change the World: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a partnership between the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network and volunteer centres, including VIQ, throughout Ontario. 

Each participant will receive a certificate of appreciation signed by the minister of citizen and immigration and a representative from Volunteer & Information Quinte. The school will the highest participation will receive a wall plaque. Last year it was Moira Secondary, so students will be trying to defend their title!  

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Last updated: April 11, 2011 at 9:51 am
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