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OVCN Launches 8th Annual ChangeTheWorld Campaign!

ChangeTheWorld-Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is back for 6 weeks! The goal of this campaign is to have students all across Ontario volunteer a minimum of 3 hours in their communities. For more information visit

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OVCN Launches 8th Annual ChangeTheWorld Campaign!

  1. 1. Ontario Volunteer Centre Network c/o Volunteer MBC, 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601 Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3 905.238.2622 ext. 228 Ontario Volunteer Centre Network launches 8th annual ChangeTheWorld Campaign! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brampton, ON. April 22, 2015- On April 12th , the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) launched its 8th annual ChangeTheWorld- Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge campaign during National Volunteer Week (April 12-18). The provincial campaign runs through until May 24, with the involvement of 24 volunteer centres from across Ontario participating locally. ChangeTheWorld is a call to action for youth aged 14 to 18 to volunteer though a wide variety of local initiatives in their communities. The campaign is funded by the Government of Ontario in partnership with the OVCN. The provincial goal this year is to engage 37,000 youth to volunteer for at least three hours during the campaign. ChangeTheWorld is a fantastic way to encourage youth to work towards receiving their 40 hours of community service, and it is also a great way to learn about services in the community, gain new skills, and contribute to some great causes. “This is always an exciting time for us”, says Lily Ostos, Youth Engagement Coordinator for the OVCN. “We have tons of great opportunities for students this year, and some fantastic partnerships in place that will take this campaign to a whole new level in raising awareness around youth volunteerism, and its benefits”. ChangeTheWorld’s official launch event took place on Friday April 10 at College Heights Secondary School in Guelph. The launch was held in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, to show the strong relationships the OVCN has built across the province with community organizations that support youth volunteerism, and youth initiatives. Honourable Michael Chan, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade and Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education were both in attendance to kick off the campaign. This is the first year that the OVCN is partnering with a National organization in promoting youth volunteerism, and youth opportunities. The next six weeks are full of fantastic events that youth can get involved in, all across the province. Some examples of events include: community clean ups, tree planting days, runs, walks, and climbs for various causes, variety shows, food drives and more! To learn more about the campaign go to For more details on specific campaign events in your city, go to About the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network:
  2. 2. Ontario Volunteer Centre Network c/o Volunteer MBC, 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601 Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3 905.238.2622 ext. 228 The Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) is an unincorporated network of 25 Volunteer Centres in Ontario, guided by a volunteer steering committee. The OVCN’s mandate is to provide a provincial network and voice to strengthen the individual and collective ability of Volunteer Centres in Ontario to promote and develop volunteerism. Find out more about your local Volunteer Centre by visiting the OVCN website at For more information about the ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, visit For more information and for media inquiries, please contact: Lily Ostos, Youth Engagement Coordinator ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) P: 905.238.2622 ext. 228 E: