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Founder of the WE organization to hold free speaking event in Kelowna

Craig Kielburger will be speaking in Kelowna Sept. 16, 2017.
June 29, 2017 - 8:30 PM

KELOWNA - Internationally-recognized humanitarian Craig Kielburger will be speaking in Kelowna September 16.

At the age of 12, Kielburger formed Free the Children, an organization aimed to end child labour around the Globe, and is now the co-founder of the WE foundation - an international charity with a goal of educating and empowering young people. 

During the one-hour motivational speech, Kielburger will talk about the importance of empowering youth, and being a socially responsible citizen, locally and globally.

“As we celebrate 150 years since Confederation, we look to the past as a learning experience, and to the future to aspire to be better,” Kielburger said in a press release. “WE is Canada’s largest youth service organization, and we’re betting on the selfless idealism of a new generation. We want to ensure that every Canadian child serves their local and global communities.”

Around 850 people are expected to attend the free speaking eventWell known around the world, Kielburger has shared a stage with Malala Yousafzai, Richard Branson, and His Royal Highness Prince Harry.

The event will start at 7 p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Click here to reserve your free ticket.

“Above all, WE means recognizing that we’re part of a larger community, and that our daily choices have an impact on that community. Canada was the first country in the world to adopt an official policy of multiculturalism.” he said in the release. “We strive for diversity and inclusion, with social safety nets, equality and democracy. These systems are not perfect, but at their best they embody Canadians’ desire to help our neighbours.”

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