OCIC Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador Rachelia Giardino ’08 Engages Peterborough Youth in Social Justice Causes


The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) has awarded alumna Rachelia Giardino '08 with a Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador award for her work with the Kawartha World Issues Centre (located here at Trent):

Rachelia Giardino has a wonderful ability to view worldwide change through the lens of small communities. Working with the Kawartha World Issues Centre, she helps youth enact change through workshops and community outreach events. “Climate change can feel really overwhelming on a global level,” she says, “but when we break it down on a local level it feels a lot more approachable.”

After working with Peterborough youth engagement program Speak Up Speak Out from the age of 17, Rachelia quickly transitioned from shy teenager to outspoken community advocate. She came across KWIC initially as a high school student, and again when she attended Trent University and was looking to continue her service work. “I loved their mandate and mission,” she says. “It marries two things I didn't think I could bring together: youth engagement and social justice.” 

"The award is important recognition of Rachelia's work which builds youth capacity for leadership and action, as well as awareness about important global-local issues. She's really amazing," stated Julie Cosgrove, executive director at KWIC.

To learn more about Rachelia, visit her profile at OCIC website.

Kawartha World Issues Centre is a grassroots education and resource centre, promoting dialogue and understanding of world issues.

OCIC is an expanding community of Ontario-based international development and global education and individual associate members working globally for social justice.

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