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Flor Marcelino, MLA Logan
July 3, 2013

Tiffany Thunder–Youth Ambassadors Program

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a hard-working young student from Logan who will soon represent Manitoba on a unique program. Tiffany Thunder - and her parents were here earlier– she's from Gordon Bell High School, has been accepted into the prestigious Canada Youth Ambassadors Program to the United States.

The Youth Ambassadors Program is a partnership between the US Embassy, the State University of New York and Fulbright Canada, which looks for candidates who are determined, involved with their community and interested in developing their leadership skills. Only 20 applicants were chosen out of over 150 young people applying across Canada. The Canada youth ambassadors will spend three weeks in the United States exploring the themes of civic engagement, community service and what it means to be a leader.

Tiffany Thunder was first chosen to represent Gordon Bell High School as a candidate, and now will represent Manitoba and the western provinces in the United States. Tiffany says she applied to the Youth Ambassadors Program to learn how to be a leader; however, she is no stranger to being involved in her community. Tiffany performs in several choirs at Gordon Bell, including the auditioned vocal jazz group and a drumming circle called the Peaceful Village Drummers, which has performed at non‑profit fundraisers across the city.

While in Ottawa, New York and Washington, DC, Tiffany and other young leaders of Canada will participate in workshops and volunteering. When they return home, they will work to apply their new skills toward new service projects in their own community.

Tiffany has worked hard to earn her spot in the Canada Youth Ambassadors Program. Many congratulations to her and her family.

I ask my colleagues to join me today to wish Tiffany and the rest of our Canadian ambassadors a wonderful and challenging trip. I look forward to seeing what new skills she brings to our community on her return.

Thank you.