GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY WILL CELEBRATE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ON PARLIAMENT HILL

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Ottawa, October 11, 2016 – Tomorrow, thousands of Canadian students and young leaders will gather in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day.

Hosted on Parliament Hill, the national event will link seven schools and students from Nunavut to Nova Scotia, through a live videoconference.

These students will join 500,000 of their peers in more than 60 countries to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Global Dignity Day internationally.

Who: Students and teachers across seven schools in Canada

What: The national celebration of Global Dignity Day’s tenth anniversary

When: October 12, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Parliament of Canada – Room C-120, 1 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Why: To empower individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life

Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity. It aims to inspire respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Visit our website at: www.globaldignity.ca.

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For more information:
Olivia Bechthold
Director of National Engagement
Global Dignity Canada
media@globaldignity.ca
(613) 539-5489

MRS. UNIVERSE JOINS THOUSANDS FOR GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY

Ottawa, October 21, 2015 – Today, thousands of students across Canada joined 400,000 of their peers, in over 60 countries, in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day.

This year’s celebration of Global Dignity Day in Canada, hosted by 1125@Carleton, at Carleton University, connected students and young leaders from Kitiganzibi High School and Carleton University, with 2,000 students from coast-to-coast through a live international videoconference.

The videoconference livestream can be viewed here.

Highlights of today’s event included a throat singing performance from Arviat, Nunavut, and dignity stories from Rwandan Genocide survivor and public speaker, Emery Rutagonya, and Global Dignity Canada’s National Role Model, Ashley Callingbull (recently named Mrs. Universe).

“I think [Global Dignity Day] is so important because we should always be proud of who we are,” Mrs. Callingbull said in a video released today for Global Dignity Canada.

“The only thing that’s important is how we feel about ourselves, and the life we lead.”

Approximately two minutes in length, the video is now available online and can be shared in classrooms and youth centres across the country. See Mrs. Callingbull’s full video here: http://bit.ly/1M68jz1.

Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity. Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, it aims to inspire respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity, as well as promote the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Visit our website at: www.globaldignity.ca.

For more information:

Olivia Bechthold
National Events Champion
media@globaldignity.ca
(613) 539-5489