Global citizenship: TESTIMONIAL

Actively participate in and contribute to local, regional, national and/or international initiatives.

You can demonstrate your global citizenship through:

  • Volunteering, participating in and contributing to community-building activities and projects, locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally
  • Taking environmental and social responsibility to make your learning or work environments, community and the world better
  • Recognizing the political, environmental, economic and social realities of living in a global world
  • Engaging with diverse cultures, places, experiences and people to learn about the world
  • Using a global perspective to create opportunities and address challenges

Alex is inspired by people who make a difference in the world. Since Kindergarten, Alex participated eagerly in fundraising events like the Terry Fox Run and Jump Rope for Heart and has been inspired by videos about how small actions can add up to make a big difference.

Recently, Alex has started to notice things at school and in the community. One big concern is about poverty – some students aren’t playing minor hockey, not because they don’t want to but because they can’t afford it. In talking about this at a family dinner, Alex’s uncle mentioned a project in another community where a local entrepreneur collected new and used sports equipment to give to kids who needed it. Alex decides to approach the two sporting goods stores in town to see if they could help get something started.

Alex is also interested in helping in other parts of the world and is excited about family plans to volunteer next summer to help build a playground for a Mexican orphanage. The whole family is taking Spanish lessons at the public library so that they’ll be able to speak with children while they’re there.