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Motivate Canada – Ottawa (ON) – January 31, 2017 – Twenty of northern Ontario’s youth leaders will be gathering in Timmins, Ontario to attend Motivate Canada’s ACTIVATE and GEN7 Youth Leadership Forum.   Made possible with the support of the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) and J.W. McConnell Foundation, the youth-led forum taking place Friday February 3rd to Sunday February 5th at the Ramada Timmins will feature workshops and activities led by ACTIVATE National alumni including Skylar Hookimaw, Meaghan Marton, Lindley Dupuis, Patrick Whitten, as well as GEN7 Messengers and ESTEEM team Olympic athletes Mary Spencer and Amber Konikow.   Youth attending this forum will unite around a common goal; the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives.

ACTIVATE Timmins/James Bay Youth Leadership Forum Details:

WHO:               Twenty (20) of Northern Ontario’s promising youth leaders (age 16-22), 4 youth volunteer leaders (ACTIVATE alumni) who make up the ACTIVATE organizing committee, and 2 GEN7 Messengers and ESTEEM Team Athletes

WHAT:               Motivate Canada’s ACTIVATE  James Bay and Timmins – Youth Leadership Forum on Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation. Workshop themes include sport for development, leadership, physical literacy, networking, community mapping, inclusion, wellness, action planning and more.

WHERE:           Ramada Timmins 1800 Riverside Dr Timmins, ON P4R 0A5

ACTIVATOR Highlight – Skylar Hookimaw (Attawapiskat, Ontario)

For anyone following Motivate Canada, you may recall Skylar as one of the 3 youth delegates from Attawapiskat that attended the ACTIVATE 2016 youth leadership forum in Ottawa Ontario.   This weekend, Skylar will be in a leadership role and will share his story – how his ACTIVATE experience built his confidence and leadership skills to create opportunities for youth in his community to increase their activity levels and gather around organized sport activities he initiated.  

The forum will allow delegates to develop a toolbox of skills that they can bring back to their communities in order to create positive change through sport and physical activity, preparing them to create and deliver an ACTIVATE in Action project; a sport or recreation project aimed at improving the lives of other youth in their respective communities.  

About Motivate Canada:
Motivate Canada’s Youth-Driven Development approach taps into the natural optimism, energy, curiosity, and adventurous spirit that young people have in abundance. Using the power of sport, physical activity and positive peer role models, Motivate Canada’s four core programs—GEN7, ESTEEM Team, ACTIVATE, and Clean Air Champions—give young people the tools, training, and confidence to make a difference in their lives and communities on their own terms.

Since its inception in 2004, the ACTIVATE program has hosted over 28 Leadership Forums at national and regional levels, trained over 800 ACTIVATORS (youth leaders) and impacted more than 17,000 youth and children across the country.

Since the launch of the GEN7 Aboriginal Youth Role Model Program in 2005, GEN7 has worked in more than 70 Aboriginal communities across Canada and impacted the lives of more than 8000 youth.

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Dan Dubeau
ACTIVATE Program Manager
Motivate Canada
Cell: 613-355-0735

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FRIDAY- 4:00pm to 9:30pm

(Motivation/Inspiration) The “want to”

SATURDAY- 9am to 9pm (Theory/learning)

The “how to”

SUNDAY- 9am to 4:30pm (Practical/Action)

The “doing it”


8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast

8:00AM- 9:00M Breakfast



Esteem Team Presentaiton


Networking/ Communications


10AM – 11AM

Sport for Development


Funding, Scheduling, Evaluation,


4:00PM – 5:00PM


11AM- 12PM

Mental Health

10:30AM- 11:30AM

Facilitation Skills


5:00PM- 6:00PM Dinner

12:OOPM Lunch

11:30AM Lunch



Opening Ceremonies/YDD

1:00PM-2:00 PM

Healthy Eating

1:00PM – 2:00PM

Mentor/Mentee matching and expectations



Life Mapping


Physical Literacy/Fitness

2:00PM – 3:00PM

AiA wrap up



Inclusion, Cultural Awareness

5:30PM-6:30PM   Dinner

3:00PM — Closing Ceremonies


8:30PM – 9:30PM

Community Mapping


Program Planning


      Personal Goal Setting


Delegates departure





Reference media articles on Skylar and ACTIVATE:

  • CBC News – Ottawa: 


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  • Metro News Media – Winnipeg :