|Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors|
July 7, 2011 -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the creation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors Program, a special gift in honour of the couple’s first Royal Tour of Canada and to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Parks Canada. The program will inspire young Canadians from across the country to enjoy Canada’s great outdoors.
“Canada is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty,” said the Prime Minister. “This program will see youth ambassadors travelling across the country to promote our magnificent national parks. The gift will remind The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of the time they spent here together enjoying Canada’s natural wonders and forever connect them to the young people participating in the program that bears their name.”
As part of this annual summer program, two youth ambassadors will travel across Canada connecting with Canadian youth in their schools, communities and at Parks Canada locations.
The first two ambassadors will begin their duties in spring 2012. They will visit Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas, and share their experiences and ideas through social media. The ambassadors will also encourage other young Canadians to connect with them and share their own outdoor Parks Canada experiences online.
“The Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors Program is very much in keeping with the environmental and youth initiatives that Their Royal Highnesses support. It is a fitting gift to mark their first Royal Tour and the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada,” added the Prime Minister.