Federal Government Cancels Katimavik Program

Update: April 10, 2012

Found this great pdf document: “Investing in Katimavik” – provides data that demonstrates why the Katimavik program is so valuable to all Canadians! Pete.

Original Post:

Hi friends,

We at Green Venture were very disappointed when we received the announcement below from our Katimavik partners. Not only does this program provide a unique experience to help build and shape future leaders, but it greatly benefits community organizations such as Green Venture, Environment Hamilton, and many, many others across Canada with much needed labour assistance. We hope that the government will reconsider this decision and continue this valuable program for all Canadians.

Excerpt from letter below:

“There is still time to reverse the government’s decision. In the weeks and days to come, we hope we can count on Katimavik’s many supporters to speak with their elected officials about their experiences and articulate the value and benefits of a strong Katimavik for Canada. Now is the time for all our stakeholders and supporters to be proud and be heard.”

Pete Wobschall
Executive Director

Letter received from our friends at Katimavik:

Dear Katimavik partners, alumni, friends and supporters,

It is with extreme disappointment that we learned yesterday that the Government has decided to end its funding commitment to Katimavik.

As of just a few hours ago, we received a letter from the Department of Canadian Heritage that confirms that the current cohort in the field will be able to complete their Katimavik experience.  However, the July departures are officially cancelled. In the coming days, our Board of Directors and management staff will be convened to plan the next steps.

Rest assured that the youth currently volunteering with our community partners will continue to serve until the end of June and that this decision will not affect their experience or the quantity or quality of the work they are doing for our partners.

Please know that yesterday’s announcement came as a surprise, since we are entering the third year of a funding agreement whose terms end March 31st, 2013. The decision is even more surprising considering that the recently made public Canadian Heritage summative evaluation of our programs makes very clear how Katimavik’s programs are not only relevant, important and valuable, but also how the organization attains its targets and the programs tie in with government-wide priorities and the department’s strategic objectives.

For the past 35 years, Katimavik has helped shape a civically responsible Canada by harnessing the power of our young volunteers to help those in need in communities across Canada. In that time, over 30 000 Canadian youth have made a difference in communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast. They participated in our program gaining valuable work, life and leadership skills all the while fostering community development and civic engagement. Their parents had peace of mind knowing that their sons and daughters were participating in a structured, time-tested program, while they navigated the transition from emerging adulthood to adulthood.

We appreciate the ongoing support of the thousands of Canadians and community organizations that have been touched by our programs. You too can share your experience at www.shareyourexperience.ca

There is still time to reverse the government’s decision. In the weeks and days to come, we hope we can count on Katimavik’s many supporters to speak with their elected officials about their experiences and articulate the value and benefits of a strong Katimavik for Canada. Now is the time for all our stakeholders and supporters to be proud and be heard.

You can also stay connected and get social with us on Facebook, Twitter et YouTube.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more information.

The Katimavik Senior Management Team

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