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P.E.I. youth tap into federal funds to lead community projects

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Young Canadians like Emily VanToever of P.E.I. are improving their communities with the help of funding Canada Service Corps.

VanToever, 30, has received $1,500 to study the aquatic species in her community and demonstrate that they are at risk.

VanToever collected data about fish species in Covehead Bay and Brackley Bay. With this data, she created a presentation to educate and inform her community about the vulnerable aquatic life in the bays.

She hopes that creating awareness will promote stronger ecological stewardship in the community.

VanToever will present her findings at the North Shore Community Centre and the Stanhope Community Centre. Following the presentation, she will invite participants to attend an accessible site in the bay to collect new data and see first-hand how aquatic species are at risk.

VanToever is one of more than 590 young people who have received money to improve communities across the country.

The funding comes from Canada Service Corps - a program that gives inspired youth a boost towards improving communities across Canada.

Young Canadians between 15 and 30 years of age who are ready to turn their community service ideas into reality are encouraged to apply here for funding in the fixed amounts of $250, $750 or $1,500. With support from the Government of Canada, TakingITGlobal is delivering and administering these community service grants.

“Projects like Emily's have a positive impact on Canada's environment by creating awareness about the importance of sustaining our land and water,’’ said Patty Hajdu, the federal minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

“I encourage other young people to apply so they may have the same chance to lead initiatives, develop individual strengths and gain essential life and work experiences."


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