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Young leaders graduate to 'real world'

Twenty-four young people graduated from United Way's Young Leaders on Board program March 21.
Linda Dupuis, program and initiatives director (middle) with 2006 Leaders on Board.

Twenty-four young people graduated from United Way's Young Leaders on Board program March 21.
The purpose of the Young Leaders on Board program, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is to increase the number and range of volunteers at the leadership level in Greater Sudbury by targeting a specific age group - 18 to 29 years old.

The young adults have been supported with formal training provided for the participants, and actual experience on the boards with which they were matched as interns.

Robin Urekar, a 2006 graduate, says, "Overall, this program has been a life-changing experience. Not only have I gained wonderful training and skills applicable to serving on a board; I have also become acutely aware of the needs of my community."

Evan Bate, another graduate, agrees. "Without question, this has been a truly rewarding experience…I've also met some of the city's most inspiring volunteers. Working with these individuals has taught me that Sudbury is a city overflowing with care and compassion, and I can say without hesitation that with the skills I've learned... I will be well prepared to join these people in their quest to make this city the best that it can be."

Recent graduates of this program are: Lora Wright, Josh Lilley, Evan Bate, Simon Côté, Pam Felhaber, Kristen Bonany, Lucia Calisi, Steven Ayer, Devin Byrnes, Jairus Quesnele, Jasmine Findlay, Anna Charbonneau, Aimee Baskcomb, Marianne Savage, Ehren Baldauf, Jasmine Findlay, Matthew Los, Heather Foley, Andrea Alarie, Danielle Rocheleau,Robin Urekar, Eric Lachance, Allison Loranger, Dhruv Nanda and Syed M. Hassan Abbas.

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 who are interested in participating in next year's program can contact Linda Dupuis, programs and initiatives director at (705) 560-3330 ext 222, or by email: [email protected] .


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