RT. Hon. Michaëlle Jean to visit Jasper Place High School In Support of Youth Leadership in Edmonton

OTTAWA—On October 25, 2013, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will visit Jasper Place School, where her Foundation is supporting an academic achievement and youth engagement project in Edmonton. The visit will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at the high school located at 8950 – 163 Street.

Accompanied by TD Michaëlle Jean Bursary 2013 recipient Julia Dalman, Madame Jean will participate in the school’s 2nd annual Re-Skill Fair: a series of cultural activities with over 150 students, teachers, artists, and senior citizens, designed to transmit critical life-skills to youth. Centered in the school’s Global Café, the activities will highlight the unique and innovative ways in which underserved youth in Edmonton are being empowered to succeed academically and transform their communities through the arts.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., Madame Jean and Ms. Dalman will address the study body. They will speak to the importance of supporting the use of the arts as tools to promote academic excellence and leadership to enable youth to make a lasting difference around them.

“This visit to Jasper Place High School is very important to me. It will allow me to meet dynamic and bold students and teachers, for which my Foundation is supporting Julia Damian’s Learning through the Arts project, at the Global Café. Their determination to transform their school into a creative space conducive to learning, community revitalization and solidarity speaks volumes about the leadership of the youth of Edmonton. It was to encourage and expand these actions across Canada that I chose to make my legacy, as governor general, a foundation that demonstrates every day, through programs, particularly bursaries, how the arts can save lives and improve communities,” said the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

“Jasper Place staff and students are thrilled to be hosting The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean,” says principal Jean Stiles. “We are so proud of Julia and the work she has done to make the Global Café a safe and creative place for our students to express themselves.”

About the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries

Launched this year, as a partnership between the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the TD Bank Group, the bursaries provide up to $10,000 to youth seeking mentors to help them use the arts to better their communities. Over a one-year period, the recipients will work on innovative arts-based projects designed to better the lives of underprivileged youth and improve the quality of life in their communities.

About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation supports youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada. Through our programs, underprivileged youth are using their creativity to build new solutions to pressing social issues, like poverty, social exclusion and mental health. In so doing, they are catalyzing innovative community renewal projects, driving crucial Aboriginal cultural resurgence initiatives, and kick-starting cutting-edge business ventures, all over the country. For more info: www.fmjf.ca.

About Jasper Place High School

Jasper Place School is the home to over 2,200 students and is the largest high school in Edmonton. Students and staff celebrate their diversity through course offerings, clubs, activities and remarkable opportunities. They embrace challenges with unrelenting determination to do better, try harder, question the status quo and take risks.

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For more information:

Peter Flegel

Director of Communications and Programs

Michaëlle Jean Foundation

613.562.5468

pflegel@fmjf.ca

 

Jane Sterling

Communications Supervisor

Edmonton Public Schools

780.970.4356

jane.sterling@epsb.ca

 

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