Katimavik volunteers back in Hope

Group will spend six months helping local non-profits

A new group of Katimavik volunteers has arrived in Hope.

Eleven youth from across Canada, between the ages of 17 and 21, will be spending the next six months volunteering with several local non-profit organizations, including Hope and District Arts Council, Care Transit, Pages Bookstore, Hope and Area Transition Society, Hope Community Services, Christ Church Historic Site, and Advantage Hope.

“This year is all about personal and professional growth, for both the volunteers and I, and I’m so excited to get started,” said project leader Chris Stephenson, who is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon.

He believes that Katimavik challenges and empowers youth, while at the same time teaching them about a new region of Canada.

Since its foundation in 1977, more than 30,000 young Canadians have participated in Katimavik programs.

Katimavik provides young Canadians with the opportunity to volunteer in community development initiatives across the country and develop valuable, transferable employment skills.

Katimavik service and learning programs focus on the development of lifelong personal, professional and social competencies in the areas of civic engagement, healthy lifestyle, cultural discovery, official languages, communication, environmental stewardship and project coordination.

For more information, visit www.katimavik.org.