July 08, 2008 14:04 ET

Inspirational Youth Encourage You to Show Your Real Face

Cetaphil Acne Principles introduces online community profiling exceptional Canadians

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) -

Editors Note: Photos are included with this press release.

Do you show your real face? Find out by visiting ShowYourRealFace.com. The recently-launched website hosts an interactive online community that encourages individuality and self-expression by profiling four exceptional Canadian youth who are inspiring others by pursuing their passions.

Sophie Berkal-Sarbit, Boonaa Mohammed, Adam MacIsaac and Samantha Whiteside are real people expressing their real selves with some exceptional results. ShowYourRealFace.com follows their achievements.

"We created this site in conjunction with the launch of Cetaphil Acne Principles, as a way to encourage those who deal with acne to show their real faces," said Antonella Fiedler, OTC Business Unit Manager, Galderma Canada. "By showcasing these incredible youth, we hope to inspire others to pursue their passions."

The website features video biographies, blogs, event listings, cool hyperlinks, discussion boards and shared content, driven and updated by the four young Canadians almost daily.

The youth featured on Show Your Real Face are as talented as they are diverse, including a jazz singer, a swimmer, a human rights activist and a literary artist.

Sophie Berkal-Sarbit

After discovering her love of jazz at age 11, Sophie Berkal-Sarbit began performing in her hometown of Winnipeg - to rave reviews. In no time at all, she began working on her first CD. Between rehearsals in Toronto, gigs and her full-time role as a high school student, she managed to release her debut album, "The Gypsy in My Soul" as one of the top 10 jazz albums in Canada - no small feat, considering the average jazz musician is well over the age of 30. Check out her album on MySpace.

Now a regular on the international jazz circuit, performing in Toronto, Winnipeg, and New York City, Sophie's career is taking off.

Adam MacIsaac

Hailing from St. Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island, Adam has made connections across the globe through his experiences working with non-governmental organizations. Fair trade, the environment, human rights, youth activism and equality for everyone are just a few of the issues to which he dedicates his time and energy.

Adam is currently working with Peace Child International in England on a United Nations Development Programme Youth Climate Change Project. He has represented Canada as a youth delegate at a United Nations Framework Convention on climate change in Indonesia, volunteered with fair trade collectives in the Dominican Republic, received training by Al Gore and Dr. David Suzuki with The Climate Project Canada, and is involved with TakingITGlobal.org. And that's just in his spare time.

Samantha Whiteside

To ease the symptom of juvenile arthritis, Samantha Whiteside started swimming at age two - and didn't stop. In 2006, when she was 16, she swam 52 kilometers across Lake Ontario in an initiative called Sam's Swim, raising $27,000 for the Arthritis Society of Canada and rivaling the women's world record.

A native of New Hamburg, Ontario, Samantha has been awarded Youth in Motion's "Top 20 Under 20" award. She is a sought-after motivational speaker and has been selected to represent Canada at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Youth Camp, where she will carry the Olympic Torch.

Boonaa Mohammed

Boonaa Mohammed has a way with words. As a teenager, he started writing and then performing the pieces he wrote. He got some attention and lots of awards - and shows no sign of slowing down.

Boonaa started writing as a means of self-expression. One thing led to another and he was offered the opportunity to perform at the Toronto International Poetry SLAM. He was blown away by being on stage, and found a niche for his performances.

Now just 21, Boonaa has written and performed for the CBC, winning acclaim as best new artist, produced a variety of albums, and worked on plays, awareness initiatives and music. He conducts writing workshops for high school students in high-priority neighbourhoods in Toronto, and has been the key-note speaker for national conferences.

Visit Showyourrealface.com to connect with other extraordinary youth, track the progress of Sophie, Adam, Samantha and Boonaa, or find out more about Acne Principles - a simple three-step acne treatment from Cetaphil, a global leader in gentle cleansers and moisturizers.

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