Hud­so­nite aims high for Ca­na­da World Youth

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Aimee Am­bro­ziak is ready to pack her back­pack for a trip to Bo­li­via with Ca­na­da World Youth, but be­fore she can em­bark on a jour­ney to help others, she has to sell a lot of cup­cakes.

The 25-year-old Hud­son re­sident was one of nine Ca­na­dians cho­sen by CWY to par­ti­ci­pate in a six-month in­ter­na­tio­nal de­ve­lop­ment pro­ject.

The jour­ney will be­gin next month when she leaves for Bo­li­via, lo­ca­ted in cen­tral South Ame­ri­ca, where she’ll li­ve­with a host fa­mi­ly for th­ree months be­fore re­tur­ning to Ca­na­da to work ano­ther th­ree months with nine other vo­lun­teers fromBo­li­via.

“We will be wor­king, tea­ching chil­dren and teens ba­sic health care, how to re­solve pro­blems pea­ce­ful­ly and how to de­ve­lop a sus­tai­nable com­mu­ni­ty,” said Am­bro­ziak of her jobs in Bo­li­via.

In its 39 years in ope­ra­tion, CWY­has sent more than 30,000 people aged 15-25 to coun­tries in Afri­ca, La­tin Ame­ri­ca, Asia, the Ca­rib­bean, and Eas­tern Eu­rope.

The non-pro­fit or­ga­ni­za­tion says its goal is to al­low youth to ac­tiv­ley take part in the de­ve­lop­ment of har­mo­nious and sus­tai­nable so­cie­ties.

“Ca­na­daWorld Youth en­vi­sions a world of ac­tive, en­ga­ged glo­bal ci­ti­zens who share res­pon­si­bi­li­ty for the well-being of all people and the planet,” reads a sta­te­ment on theCWY­web­site.

Sweet do­na­tions

To ful­fill an ap­pli­ca­tion chal­lenge, Am­bro­ziak must contri­bute $2,800 to CWY that will en­sure that other vo­lun­teers can em­bark on fu­ture pro­jects. All fund­smust be col­lec­ted by Ju­ly 14. “I’ve rai­sed a lit­tle less than half so far,” notes Am­bro­ziak, a gra­duate from Con­cor­diaU­ni­ver­si­ty’s theatre pro­gram.

With a lit­tle more than a month to go be­fore her Ju­ly 29 de­par­ture, Am­bro­ziak plans to bake and craft her way to fun­drai­sing suc­cess with a se­ries of up­co­ming events.

She’ll of­fer ho­me­made cup­cakes for a do­na­tion this Sa­tur­day, June 26, from9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fin­ne­gan’s Mar­ket, lo­ca­ted at 775, rue Main, Hud­son, and­will al­so be on hand du­ring Hud­son’s Ca­na­da Day Ce­le­bra­tions from3p.m. to 8 p.m. at Thomp­son Park.

Ano­ther event, a fun­drai­ser yard sale and raffle, will take place at her home, 79, che­min de l’Anse in Rigaud, on Ju­ly 10 from8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Du­ring all events, Am­bro­ziak will ad­di­tio­nal­ly give people the op­por­tu­ni­ty to write mes­sages to Bo­li­via in a scrap­book she’s crea­ted.

She says chil­dren from the day­care where she works are excited to paste small pic­tures, write notes and si­gn their names in the book, kno­wing it will be hand de­li­ve­red to South Ame­ri­ca.

And du­ring it all, Am­bro­ziak has dis­co­ve­red an unk­nown side of her­self.

“I real­ly love tal­king to people (about CWY) and this pro­ject... I’ve heard sto­ries from people who went with the pro­gram when they were youn­ger and others who wish they could,” she said, ad­ding, “Forme this is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.”

For in­for­ma­tion on events or to do­nate, call 450-451-6410 or email ai­mee_­rose@ hot­ To find out more about Ca­na­daWorld Youth, go to­na­da­worl­

Hud­so­nite Aimee Am­bro­ziak will tra­vel next month to Bo­li­via with Ca­na­da World Youth.

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