Ottawa, September 19th, 2018– Katimavik Volunteers are embarking on a journey of a lifetime this week, as they travel across the country with VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail).
Katimavik announces an exciting new partnership with VIA Rail in support of youth discovering Canada and their future. Both organizations share a passion for allowing Canadians the opportunity to explore our vast country in a way that promotes self-reflection and a sense of pride in being Canadian. Together, both organizations will advance their shared goals of providing youth with learning opportunities, promoting civic engagement, and protecting the environment.
“This exciting partnership will open a world of possibilities and opportunities for young people to journey across Turtle Island. As part of this trip and their entire experience with Katimavik, young people in Canada will be able to challenge their understanding of history, the way they see the country and imagine a Canada for their future.” – Andy Garrow, Director of Youth Development, Katimavik.
Katimavik Volunteers have been living together and volunteering in a community away from their home for the past 3 months. At the halfway point of the Katimavik National Experience, the Volunteers will now travel to a new region, where they will continue to connect with people, volunteer their time and bring positive change to the community. As they travel across the country with VIA Rail, they will have the opportunity to discover Canada in a very unique and rewarding way.
“I’m looking forward to travelling across the mountains and prairies, and also taking the time to reflect on how each of the communities that we will pass by are so distinct, each with their own stories, diverse populations, and community needs. I also feel good about travelling by train because it’s one way to lessen my environmental footprint.” – William Berdusco, Katimavik Volunteer.
As both Katimavik and VIA Rail Canada reach and reflect on 40 years of helping change Canada for the better, they are also looking to the future by involving youth in reimagining the way Canadians travel and learn, and we invite others to join the journey with us!
Founded in 1977, Katimavik is a national non-profit organization that works to develop diverse youth as engaged, caring citizens and capable contributors and leaders for a better Canada.
Over the past 40 years, more than 35,000 youth have participated in Katimavik programs and have made a lasting impact in over 1,000 communities.
For more information, please visit katimavik.org or to connect with Katimavik Volunteers in one of the 6 host communities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Katimavik National Experience is open to young Canadians aged 18 to 25 years old. Registration is now open to participate in the next project which will run from January to June 2019!