Count Me In

Count Me In

October 09, 2013 07:00 ET

"Count Me In" Announces National Expansion, Beginning in Winnipeg This February

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Oct. 9, 2013) - Count Me In is coming to Winnipeg! The largest youth-run organization in Canada is beginning their national expansion with the addition of Winnipeg's first annual "Count Me In Conference". Taking over the Centennial Concert Hall on February 24th, 2014, the acclaimed single-day event will motivate over 2,000 Manitoba students in grades 7-12 to volunteer locally. The empowering and intimate field-trip inspires community involvement, and helps connect youth with local volunteer opportunities matching their interests. Shane Feldman, one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20, and the 18-year-old founder and Executive Director of Count Me In, was in Manitoba's capital today to make the official announcement:

"This is the biggest announcement in the history of Count Me In. It is an exciting milestone for us as an organization, a movement, and a generation. Our team is committed to inspiring students from coast to coast in the coming years, motivating teens across the country to volunteer in their local communities."

After three successful years in Ontario, Count Me In Conference, dubbed the world's largest youth-run empowerment event, will unite thousands of Manitoba students for a day of iconic speakers, inspiring entertainment, celebrities, and charity ambassadors. The first ever Count Me In Winnipeg will be hosted by two-time nominated Gemini actress, Ashley Leggat, who stars in the award winning series Life With Derek.

In addition to the conference being an entirely teen-run event, what sets this dynamic day apart is its unique marketplace. Directly following the line-up of empowering speakers and performers, students are lead to the main lobby which is transformed into the "Count Me In Afterparty". Part VIP reception and part charity tradeshow, the Count Me In Afterparty is a fun way for students to find volunteer opportunities matching their interests. There will be local, provincial and national representation from a wide variety of non-profits, NGOs and charities, all looking to recruit new student volunteers. Count Me In is working directly with Volunteer Manitoba, as well as dozens of charity partners including Canadian Cancer Society, World Vision Canada, Right To Play, Earth Day Canada, and Plan Canada. The nature of Count Me In is to inspire youth to connect with one another and with their communities. The day will shine a light on the importance of community connection, teamwork, diversity, leadership and charity involvement.