Audrey Paquet from Quebec

Canada World Youth group visits Lake Cowichan’s CLEC

Young people from across Canada and Indonesia gathered at the Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre (CLEC) on Oct. 9.

Almost 40 young people from across Canada and Indonesia between the ages of 17 and 25 gathered at the Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre (CLEC) on Oct. 9. Participants in the Canada World Youth program were engaged in a pre-program orientation weekend where they met others in their group and discussed the program.

“The Vancouver Island Canada World Youth program unites youth from across Canada and Indonesia,” said Simon Schachner, a project supervisor with CWY. “The youth (one Canadian and one Indonesian) are going to integrate into their host communities of Duncan and Nanaimo through living with host families. They’re getting involved in the community, mostly through volunteer work placements in the non-profit sector.”

CWY is a six-month program in total, three months in Canada and three months in Indonesia. The program is open to any youth in the age range.

The youth at CLEC were energetic and excited about the days and months ahead.

Audrey Paquet from Quebec, a passionate young woman, shared that she looks forward to volunteering with underprivileged people in the coming months.

“The thing I’d like to learn is caring about others,” said Paquet. “We’re going to see difficult situations for others. We need to know how to care for them and how to help them.”

Zakia Syifa from Indonesia feels she can learn a lot by being in new places.

“I want to learn from the practical experience of being in the communities,” said Syifa. “Of having new families, new friendships in other countries, and living in other cities.”

The youth stayed at the centre for the initial orientation weekend until Oct. 12, at which point they travelled to their host families in Duncan and Nanaimo.

For more information on the program, visit For more information on CLEC, visit


Just Posted

‘The Little Prince’ lands on Chemainus Theatre stage starting this weekend

It’s a magical experience for young and old: a classic tale comes to the stage

Club’s banner offers warm welcome at Cowichan Secondary

It’s hung above the inner door in the main lobby of the school on James Street

Drivesmart column: No playing in the street!

The residential street we lived on was treated as an extension of the front yard

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Jitney tradition marks Canada Day

About half CLBC’s membership takes part

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Coming up in Cowichan: Boots full of treasure, Dementia workshop, MP’s town hall meeting

Celebrating five years at the Station with ‘Loot in the Boot’ Cowichan… Continue reading

Cowichan Coffee Time: Mounties partner with CTRA, plus bursaries

• Cowichan Spirit of Women has accomplished a lot in the Valley… Continue reading

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Most Read