Young Canadian leaders travel to United States as 2018 Youth Ambassadors

July 12, 2018

For immediate release

The United States Embassy in Ottawa, in partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh, World Learning, and Fulbright Canada, is pleased to announce the selection of 13 outstanding Canadian youth community leaders and two Canadian adult educators for the Youth Ambassadors program.

The selected participants represent a variety of backgrounds and hail from across Canada. They earned a place in the Youth Ambassadors program based on their proven commitment to leadership and community involvement to bring about positive change. They will receive funding to travel to the United States for three weeks to explore themes of civic education, community service, leadership development, and social inclusion.  They will first travel to Ottawa for orientation at the U.S. Embassy on July 17 and then will travel to Plattsburgh, NY, for 12 days of interactive workshop sessions and home stays.  The group will visit Hyde Park, NY, and conclude the exchange program with five days in Washington, D.C. In Washington, they will meet with officials of the Department of State and the Embassy of Canada.  After they return home, Youth Ambassadors will implement service projects in their schools and communities.

Since it began in Brazil in 2002, the U.S. Department of State Youth Ambassadors program has expanded to 25 countries to bring together high school students and adult educators to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. During the program, Youth Ambassadors assist American volunteer and community service organizations, learn about and experience American culture through homestays, and build links with American civil society and schools. The students gain new leadership principles and perspectives to take back and apply to their own service projects in their home communities.  For additional details on the Youth Ambassadors program, visit:

Youth Ambassadors are available for interviews after their program, upon request. Media organizations that have a presence in Washington may arrange coverage of the group’s program.  Photo requests can also be accommodated.

2018-2019 Canadian Youth Ambassadors

First Name Last Name City, Province

British Columbia

Vladyslava Kozachok Vancouver, BC
Katherine Balderson Hidden Creek, AB
Aakankshya Kharel Edmonton, AB
Amy Spearman Winnipeg, MB
Hiwot Belai Scarborough, ON
Ling Fei (“Alex”) Liao Richmond Hill, ON
Brandon Dabrowski Embrun, ON
Caitlyn Jenkins Ottawa, ON
Scott Sharma Ottawa, ON
George Khalil Pierrefonds, QC
Sarah Lee Flageolle Shawinigan, QC
Nova Scotia
Olivia Cook New Ross, NS
Newfoundland and Labrador
Makenna Taylor Triton, NL
Peggy Chen Richmond, BC
Kayla Douglas Halifax, NS