Government of Canada

Government of Canada

March 11, 2005 10:33 ET

B.C. Youth-Led Conference Emphasizes Leadership and Community



MARCH 11, 2005 - 10:33 ET

B.C. Youth-Led Conference Emphasizes Leadership and

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) - More than one hundred
young people from across B.C. will be brought together for a two-day
conference to enhance leadership and explore community development
initiatives, with support from the Government of Canada.

Wayne Easter, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and
Agri-Food with special emphasis on Rural Development, announced the
Community Futures Development Association of B.C. (CFDABC) will receive
$14,600 towards the 2005 BC Youth Community Leadership Summit in
Vancouver. The 2005 conference: Lead out Loud Summit, to be held March
18-19, will bring approximately 125 participants together, and will
provide a venue for young people to: exchange information on best
practices in youth-led community development initiatives; connect young
community leaders from across the province to one another and enhance
their leadership, entrepreneurship, and community development skills;
and build a foundation for a knowledgeable and inclusive provincial
network of young leaders.

"The potential of youth needs to be recognized as key to the growth of
any community, rural and urban," said Mr. Easter. "The Government of
Canada hopes young people will come away from this conference inspired
and prepared to take action, and that a network will be in place where
they can continue to be empowered by their peers."

The conference builds on previous youth initiatives supported by Rural
Team BC of the Canadian Rural Partnership, the CFDABC, and partners from
federal and provincial governments and community organizations. These
initiatives have included such activities as youth dialogues, the
development of the BC Youth Community Learning Network and supporting
young people from across the province to participate in various
conferences and events.

"British Columbia's youth will benefit from this opportunity and will be
encouraged to shape a positive future for our province," noted David L.
Emerson, Minister of Industry and Senior Co-regional Minister for
British Columbia.

"Community Futures believes in the value of helping young people access
learning and network building opportunities so that they develop strong
roots in their communities and become valued and productive citizens,"
said Ken White, CFDA Chairperson. "The 2005 Lead Out Loud Summit will
help build on the efforts of Community Futures and its valued partners
to actively involve youth in the community economic development process."

"Youth can be a very important catalyst and it is our objective to work
with them to build stronger rural communities," added Mr. Easter.

Funding for the BC Youth Community Leadership Conference 2005 comes from
the $5-million, five-year Community Capacity Building plan announced in
June, 2002. The Government of Canada believes that vibrant communities
and a sustainable resource base are the foundations for a strong rural


Contact Information

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Rural Communications
    Rural Secretariat
    (604) 666-1677
    (604) 787-6637