Chisasibi, July 20th, 2011 – On July 6th, the first of two Katimavik groups, each comprised of 10 young Canadians, have arrived in Chisasibi. This dynamic group of Katimavik youth is eager to begin volunteering in the community that will be their home for the next three months.
Christopher Bell-Chambers, originally from Saskatoon, will be heading up the project in Chisasibi as the group's leader. This is Christopher's second time as a Project Leader in Chisasibi. "I'm really looking forward to continue collaborating with local community partners to create dynamic learning opportunities for volunteers." Chris explains, "I have enjoyed every day in Chisasibi, even the winter months! I am very excited to begin new projects with the new volunteers arriving in town."
Christopher believes that Katimavik challenges and empowers volunteers, while at the same time teaching them about a new region of Canada. "Chisasibi has so much to offer the youth of the program and there are so many community events going on this summer. I am happy to have the chance to participate and am so thankful the community is so welcoming and inviting."
The 10 youth in Chisasibi will be volunteering with several local not-for-profit organizations including the Anjabowa Child and Family Services, Brighter Futures Day Camp, Youth Center, Multi-Services Day Centre, Chisasibi Telecommunications Association, Cree Board of Health and Social Services, and the James Bay Eeyou School.
Katimavik promotes civic engagement and fosters sustainable communities through challenging national youth service programs. Since 1977, Katimavik has enabled more than 30,000 Canadians to be involved in more than 2,000 communities throughout Canada. Volunteers between the ages of 17 and 21 live with 10 other youth from across the country in one or two communities. They commit to volunteering in the context of a six-month program where they will provide work 28 to 35 hours a week for a variety of not-for-profit organizations. Youth also benefit from Katimavik's structured learning program that focuses 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.