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United Way’s Young Leaders promote children’s literacy

November 5, 2011

MISSISSAUGA — Members of United Way of Peel Region’s Young Leaders’ Council (YLC) united to demonstrate the importance of community involvement by promoting children’s literacy held Saturday, November 5th at the Malton Library and Community Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Organized by the YLC, the free “Reading in your Neighbourhood” event attracted 250 children and parents children from the local community. The event was in support of the United Way of Canada’s 2011 National “Helping Kids Be All That They Can Be” Day of Caring.

“It is important for young people to get involved in the community,” said Diane Saldanha, co-chair of the Young Leaders’ Council. “This initiative gives YLC members an opportunity to support children with the tools they need to reach their full potential and be successful. Getting involved in initiatives like this helps us make a meaningful contribution to building a stronger, more resilient community.”

The event featured a variety of activities for children including story book readings, word games, art and crafts, and a coloring station. Parents were invited to attend a workshop to learn about the importance of reading and tips on how to encourage kids to develop a habit of reading at home.

The Young Leaders’ Council is a group of individuals aged 20-35 years-old who are active and emerging leaders working together to promote the engagement of our generation within Peel Region. YLC empowers Peel's emerging leaders to strengthen the community and inherit the future of United Way of Peel Region.

For More Information contact:
Doris Mohrhardt
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
905-602-3624
dmohrhardt@unitedwaypeel.org