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My Future Niagara Summit at MacBain Centre on Oct. 21

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Connecting current and future leaders

By TONY RICCIUTO / Niagara Falls Review

Today’s leaders will have an opportunity to connect with some of Niagara’s youth and try to convince them why they should stay put.

The event is called My Future Niagara Summit and it will take place Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MacBain Community Centre in Niagara Falls.

“It’s geared for people between the ages of 15 to 35 and our goal is to connect those future leaders with current leaders,” said Vanessa Bilenduke, coordinator, with the Niagara Workforce Planning Board.

“We are finding that a lot of our highly skilled trained young people are leaving. We are finding that many of our graduates from Brock and Niagara College just don’t have the opportunities to stay,” said Bilenduke.

The keynote speaker at the summit will be Jian Ghomeshi, a young creative entrepreneur, an award winning writer, broadcaster, songwriter and musician. He has led national discussions about the most provocative and compelling cultural trends of our time, on the daily talk program, Q, aired on CBC Radio’s One and Bold TV.

The event has been put together by NEXTNiagara, a regional initiative led by a panel of next generation community leaders who want to see Niagara grow as a prosperous community. It is sponsored by Niagara Workforce Planning Board in partnership with the YMCA of Niagara, Business Education Council of Niagara and the Niagara Region. It is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Over 800 youth aged 15 to 35 were asked to complete a survey on what current issues they are facing in the region.

“When it comes to attracting and retaining young people in Niagara, we are ranked near the bottom of a list of metropolitan areas to attract young people. When all this data came out we realized we had to do something,” said Bilenduke.

The top issues that came up were employment, access to basic services, community and volunteerism and social and leisure opportunities.

The registration fee for the summit is $35 and includes lunch, door prizes and networking opportunities with local community leaders and government officials.

More information about registration can be found at http://myfutureniagarasummit.eventbrite.com.

tricciuto@nfreview.com

Source: Niagara Falls Review

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