Princess Mar­garet School’s Ig­nite 2016 vol­un­teer aware­ness event a re­sound­ing suc­cess

Asian Journal - - British Columbia - Pho­tos: Chan­dra Bo­dalia.

Sur­rey: Over 1,300 stu­dents at Princess Mar­garet Sec­ondary School took part in a vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties aware­ness event “Princess Mar­garet School’s Ig­nite 2016: In­formed, Car­ing Peo­ple Can Change the World” on Tues­day. With the past two years of suc­cess­ful Ig­nite ca­reer day events, it was clear to the plan­ning com­mit­tee that it was time to change gears and broaden the hori­zons of stu­dents on how they can make change hap­pen. The ad­min­is­tra­tion and staff of the school, along with the As­so­ci­a­tion of South Asian Pro­fes­sion­als of Bri­tish Columbia (ASAP), Sur­rey School District’s Safe School Depart­ment and the Cana­dian Red Cross pro­vided the stu­dents with an op­por­tu­nity to hear from over 26 pre­sen­ters from var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions in 19 break­out ses­sions for stu­dents from grades 10 to 12. This year’s key­note speak­ers were R.B. Herath, PhD and Found­ing Pres­i­dent of Global Peace Al­liance, Sur­rey for the se­nior stu­dents (grades 10-12) and Jo­van Choongh from North Sur­rey Sec­ondary for the ju­nior stu­dents (grades 8-9). Af­ter lis­ten­ing to the key­note speak­ers, se­nior stu­dents at­tended three dif­fer­ent break­out ses­sions of their choice, with each ses­sion be­ing 30 min­utes in length with or­ga­ni­za­tions/ non-profit speak­ers which stu­dents reg­is­tered for be­fore­hand. The suc­cess of Princess Mar­garet School’s Ig­nite 2016: In­formed, Car­ing Peo­ple Can Change the World event was achieved with the sup­port of Princess Mar­garet ad­min­is­tra­tion, staff, stu­dent vol­un­teers and ASAPBC who ded­i­cated their time and ex­pe­ri­ence.

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