Recently, lack of financial aid has forced Katimavik to make significant changes to the program. In 2010, total expenses by the government equalled $34,428,130; however, in 2011, expenses dropped by about $7.5 million.
If this letter has left you with the question: What can I do? It's simple. Write a letter to Stephen Harper, explaining the benefits of Katimavik and talk to your MPs and MHAs. The more letters they get, the harder it will be to ignore the great contributions that Katimavik has the potential to offer future generations. Every time you see the bright green "Katimavik" shirt, whether it is at a volunteer event or simply walking down the street, you are witnessing change. Change in the way youth today think and interact in society as well as the creation of a new, more open minded generation. So Katimavikers, wear green with pride!
As a Katimavik volunteer, I can truly stand behind the program and say yes, it has affected my life in a positive and significant way. Although I have only begun the second leg of my program in Happy Valley Goose Bay, my experience working at "Le Repos Jolys" (a nursing home in St Pierre Jolys, Manitoba) was truly eye opening. I had the chance to interact and lead programs with people affected by Alzheimer's and dementia, as well as gain experience working underneath a supervisor (preparing me for the job market later in life). I have also grown as a person, learning about group dynamics (as the standard Katmavik house usually holds around 10 volunteers and one project leader) and the benefits of eating healthy (for example, Katmavik houses learn to bake their own bread and the benefits of buying organic products). I could not be happier or more enthusiastic to continue my Katimavik experience in HVGB, and it greatly saddens me that other youth like myself will not get the same chance I have been given.
before the program will be shut down. The current batch of volunteers will be allowed to complete their six month experience; however, the summer applicants will not have the same opportunity.
Shouldn't everyone have the same opportunities? Should something as trivial as the decade you were born in affect whether or not you can participate in such a life changing program? Is this decision truly a reflection of our Prada Sunglasses Silver
Look for the green shirt
If you have just asked yourself "Katima what?," hopefully this will offer some clarification: Katimavik is an organization that was originally founded in 1977 by Jacques Prada Bag White And Black Hbert. It consists of nearly 600 volunteers from across Canada, aged 17 to 21 annually. Katimavik's mission, as stated on their website: "Engage youth in volunteer service and foster sustainable communities through challenging national youth programs." Youth get the chance to live in distinct communities, learn their second language, and often experience different cultures including our Aboriginal people, as well as adapt a healthy lifestyle.
Participants used to receive a $1,000 bonus upon completion of the program; a significant sum of money for volunteers who might be going on to school or simply continuing their practical education through travelling. Now, all they receive is a sum of money equivalent to a $350 travel deposit.
The annual report on activities 2010 2011 noted that Katimavik volunteers have completed 81,770 volunteer days, with a total value of $10,749,518. In addition, it has benefited over 500 community partners. These numbers, combined with the invaluable impact of Katimavik on young people in adopting an open mind, learning to speak in both official languages, engaging as a citizen, and eventually becoming a part of the job market or moving on to higher learning, demonstrate just how indispensable this program is not only for youth today, but for future generations.
Has anybody accounted for how much they will suffer?
News came out on Mar. 29 that the Conservatives are implementing a $5.2 billion budget cut in order to increase energy projects and create jobs. However, the Federal Budget 2012, which is viewed by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty as "certainly necessary," is cutting one of Canada's most valuable volunteer based programs for our nation's youth: Katimavik.
values as Canadian citizens? Perhaps from an economic point of view, the change will not cause that many problems. But what about the other aspects of Canadian society? What about the cultural and educational sectors? Prada Sunglasses Black And White
The Government of Canada has given Katimavik a 90 day notice Prada Tote Bag Men
The program used to run for nine months, and volunteers would spend time in three separate communities. Now volunteers spend just six months in one or two communities.
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