PRESS RELEASE - MYCommonwealth 33Sixty
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - PRESS RELEASE - MYCommonwealth 33Sixty
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
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.”
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
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.
Aaron Joshua Pinto
MYCommonwealth National Public Policy Officer