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KEYNOTE SPEAKER MICHAEL REDHEAD CHAMPAGNE ad­dresses the au­di­ence dur­ing the 42nd an­nual Hamil­ton Com­mu­nity Prayer Break­fast at LIUNA Sta­tion Tues­day morn­ing. The an­nual event is held to pro­mote un­der­stand­ing and co­op­er­a­tion across all so­cial groups and com­mu­ni­ties. Close to 700 peo­ple from lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions along with stu­dents from lo­cal schools filled the Grand Ball­room for the event. Champagne spoke about his mo­ti­va­tion to start Abo­rig­i­nal Youth Op­por­tu­ni­ties (AYO!) in his home­town of Win­nipeg. The youth move­ment in the city’s North End is de­signed to em­power abo­rig­i­nal youth to help them es­cape the cy­cle of vi­o­lence and drugs there. Champagne spoke about the im­por­tance of en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to rec­og­nize and share their “gifts” with their com­mu­ni­ties and to keep push­ing to lead by ex­am­ple and make a dif­fer­ence. “If you truly be­lieve in the work that you do, you will not let bar­ri­ers stop you,” he said.

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