Leamington Partners with Motivate Canada on Youth Leadership Development Program

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The Municipality of Leamington is pleased to announce it has partnered with Motivate Canada to lead their ACTIVATE program as part of a youth engagement initiative in Leamington’s community development strategy.

Motivate Canada’s ACTIVATE is a national youth leadership program that inspires, trains, and supports ACTIVATOR youth leaders to develop and initiate their own sport and physical activity projects in their communities to improve the lives of other local youth. The ACTIVATE program seeks to create a country of connected youth leaders who care about their world, who have the confidence and competence to contribute to their communities, and who have the character to inspire the same qualities in others.

The Municipality of Leamington and community partners successfully launched the ACTIVATE program during the weekend of February 19-21, 2016, wherein 20 local youth between the ages of 15 and 23 participated.  The 20 local youth participants will continue through a 20 week mentorship program with support from Motivate Canada’s leadership coaching team to create projects that will impact youth in the community.

“The Municipality of Leamington looks forward to the positive impact Motivate Canada’s ACTIVATE program will have on our community.  We would like to thank the Government of Ontario and our local community partners for their ongoing support of this important initiative” said Mayor John Paterson.

“Motivate Canada is very proud of their ACTIVATE Alumni who came together this year to give back.  With one full weekend of intense training and a few months to prepare for their very own Youth Forum, five youth inspired a group of 20 new ACTIVATORS on how they can ACTIVATE their community.  We look forward to reporting back to this project’s principal funder, The Government of Ontario and their Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, on the impact they are making to ensure youth get active and realize their potential” said Dan Dubeau, Program Manager/Directeur de programme, ACTIVATE/ACTIVEZ, Motivate Canada.

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For more information or to arrange an interview contact:  Jeanine Lassaline-Berglund, Economic Development Officer at 519-326-5761 ext. 1601 or email jlberglund@leamington.ca