October 30, 2013

Peel newcomer students celebrate diversity, discover the leader within

More than 500 students will attend the Peel District School Board’s My Canada: Student leadership in our diverse country event on Nov. 5 and 6. This leadership event is open to all students who are English language learners and/or who are newcomers in grades 6 to 12. 

“This event is a prime example of how we strive to encourage, empower and support our English language learners and/or newcomer students to embrace their potential in a leadership role,” says Tony Pontes, director of education for the Peel board. “My Canada encourages students to be proud of their culture and explore ways in which they can be influential leaders and role models in their communities.”
Harmony Movement and Youth Troopers for Global Awareness will facilitate the presentation and workshops for teachers and students. Through presentations, engaging group discussions and interactive role-play and games, students will be empowered to:

• acquire skills that promote social justice, equity and attitudinal change
• explore their leadership potential
• foster pride in their identity
• interact with students across the school board
• question, challenge and examine attitudes and biases that label individuals as ‘other’
• understand their responsibility in shaping our Canada

Harmony Movement is a non-profit, charitable organization that encourages Canadians of all racial, cultural and religious origins to embrace and promote harmony, diversity and equality. The group empowers youth to become leaders for social change by implementing diversity education in schools and communities.

Youth Troopers for Global Awareness is a youth-led non-profit organization that strives to empower youth through social justice, the arts, events, workshops, campaigns and special projects.

My Canada: Student leadership in our diverse country will be held at the HJA Brown Education Centre, 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga from 10 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Students in grades 6 to 8 will attend on Nov. 5 and secondary students will attend the event on Nov. 6.


Reference:   Jennifer Capan, Multicultural Settlement & Education Partnership Assistant, Peel  District School Board [email protected], 905-890-1010, ext. 2462 

Media Contact:   Varsha Naik, Community Liaison Coordinator, Peel District School Board [email protected], 905-890-1010, ext. 2573 

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