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PRESS RELEASE - MYCommonwealth 33Sixty

Published on: Mar 4, 2016

Transcripts - PRESS RELEASE - MYCommonwealth 33Sixty

  • 1. FOR IMMEDIATERELEASE Young leaders travel to Malta for youth leadership conference Five young Canadians chosen by MYCommonwealth to help tackle issue of migrant profiteering at Commonwealth conference OTTAWA, CANADA –A handful of Canadian youth appointed by MYCommonwealth (MYC) will travel to Malta this fall to explore and help tackle one timely question: “How can we stop people profiting from migration?” MYC representatives Abigail Pudwill (Winnipeg, MB), Amisha Agarwal (Ottawa, ON), Aniqah Zowmi (Toronto, ON), Brody McDonald (Abbotsford, BC), and Nicholas Schiavo (Ottawa, ON) are among 100 bright and ambitious 18-to-25-year-oldsfromover 25 nations and territories across the Commonwealth who have been invited to join the 33Sixty CommonwealthYouth Leadership Programme in Malta in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), a biennial summit meeting of the Heads of Government from all Commonwealth nations. During the course of 33Sixty, the five youth leaders will explore the migration challenge through in-depth conversations with talented and influential people from public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as partake in behind-the-scenes visitsto a range of organizationsin Malta to give them cutting-edge insight into the challenge. The five will then present their reports together with others to a panel of senior leaders, stakeholders, and Commonwealth Heads of Government who will be gathered for CHOGM. 33Sixty offers youngleaders fromthroughout the Commonwealth an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, networksand cultural intelligence to help themin their studies, careers and civic life. Senior leaders from across the Commonwealth will act as mentors. The programme is called 33Sixty because 33 per cent of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth and 60 per cent of those are under 30. Amisha Agarwal, one of the 33Sixty participantsselected by MYC, recently graduated with a Master of Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa and currently works as a Health Economics Research Officer at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health. “[33Sixty will] further develop my leadership skills, in addition to broadening my knowledge and my way of thinking on key issues thataffects us all in the Commonwealth,” Amisha said. “I hope to come out of this programme a stronger leader, with a greater basket of skills, and even more confidence to continue progressing towards my personal and career goals.”
  • 2. Another delegate, Nicholas Schiavo is a recent graduate of the International Relations programme at Western University. Nicholas was previously a Business Development Assistant at a coffee enterprise in Kenya and worked with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Nicholas shares his aspirations for 33Sixty: “I hope to come away with a more systemic perspective; one that enhances my understanding of others’ social, political and economic realities. My goal in attending this dialogue is to learn from my peers across the Commonwealth, to develop networks, and to share knowledge about the unique challenges we face.” Aniqah Zowmi is a 3M National Student Fellow and a student at Brock University. Aniqah is looking forward to gaining access to the Commonwealth’sdiverse international platform as a 33Sixty delegate in order to showcase the stories of the youth with whom she works. Aniqah said, “The leadership programme will provide me with an international community of other young leaders who are working towards the same goals of recognizing the voices of young people in the Commonwealth –especiallythose whoare grosslyunderrepresented and marginalized –and provide opportunities for collaboration to more effectively scale initiatives and work to bring to light the voices of youth in a larger capacity.” MYC Co-Founder and NationalDirector Fawzi Ghosnis delighted to see such a great roster of Canadian delegates with each bringing their own unique strengths and qualities to the conference. Fawzi said:“These five young leaders selected by MYCommonwealth exhibit the enthusiasm and expertise which will undoubtedly add diverse and significant Canadian perspectives and insight into the programme’s final report.” “For many young people, opportunities like 33Sixty give thema once-in-a-life time chance to travel and connect with other like-minded youth fromall corners of the Commonwealth. We are excited to hear about their experiences upon their return and how the programme has inspired them to make a positive change in their community moving forward.” The 33Sixty conference is delivered by Common Purpose, and supported by the Government of Malta and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology. 33Sixty will take place from 17-20 November. More than 300 young adults applied for a spot at the conference. MYCommonwealth is Canada’s youth representative body to the Commonwealth. ### MEDIACONTACT Aaron Joshua Pinto MYCommonwealth National Public Policy Officer

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