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O n August 27th + 28th the bustling city of Toronto was home to a groundbreaking 2-day conference centered around shaping the future of youth community service across Canada. The #LeadersToday Global Youth Service Summit welcomed representatives from the 14 national partners of the Canada Service Corps program, as well as stakeholders involved with youth engagement across Canada and around the world. These community leaders gathered together to determine innovative ways to not only get more youth interested in community service, but also to keep them involved. TakingITGlobal and the Government of Canada hosted the summit, with support from the Art Gallery of Ontario and Cisco who provided beautiful venues. RBC's Future Launch program and Canadian North Airlines provided contributions to enable the participation of youth from coast to coast to coast. An exciting address by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Peter Schiefke, confirmed that a conference like this has never happened before. The first day began with a welcome to the traditional territory which we all gathered on to start us off in a good way. Nyle Miigizi Johnson and Waukomaun Pawis, Indigenous community leaders, shared their stories with us and reminded us about how important it is to pay respect to our ancestors and to always give thanks in order to move forward. TakingITGlobal Executive Director Jennifer Corriero then set the context and vision behind the importance of gathering together to bridge understanding across cultures and inspire us in our roles as citizens, friends, community members and leaders. Attendees heard from inspirational international leaders such as Shomy Chowdhury, a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene activist from Bangladesh, and Paige Burton, Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. Unique to this summit were the Youth Harvesters, alumni of Canada Service Corps-funded programs and leaders in their 16

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