MacDonald a 2014 Active-8 ambassador

Eric McCarthy
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O’LEARY -- Jordan MacDonald from O’Leary wants to change the world for the better, one action at a time. 

Westisle student and busy 4-H member Jordan MacDonald is a 2014 Active-8 Campaign ambassador and is encouraging Islanders to join the campaign by pledging local actions that can promote positive global change.

A Grade 12 student at Westisle Composite High School, MacDonald is one of eight Atlantic Canadian youth, between the ages of 15 and 30, selected by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation to serve as its Youth Ambassadors for its February Active-8 Campaign.

The ambassadors, two from each of the Atlantic provinces, will hold special events during the month to raise awareness about what Canadians can do right at home to promote positive global change. Lisa Morrison from Montague is Prince Edward Island’s other youth ambassador for the 2014 campaign.

MacDonald, who plans to study Business following high school, is a long-time member of the Elmsdale 4-H Club and this year he is also serving as a youth leader for the new O’Leary 4-H Club. He has also taken step-dancing lessons for years and is in his first year of teaching step-dancing. He helped out with his school’s Relay for Life last year and he is the program’s co-chair this year. MacDonald has represented his school and province at National Skills Canada competition for public speaking and has participated in the Rotary Youth Parliament.

During the summers he grows beans and cucumbers and raises chickens, donating a portion of the profits to international causes. Last year his contribution supported an agricultural college in Zimbabwe.

MacDonald self-nominated for Active-8 on a suggestion from his school principal.  He said the focus of his Active-8 campaign is to promote gender equality and empowerment during Family Violence Prevention Week. “That’s sort of my focus, but the whole program is broad,” he stressed. He will be encouraging everyone he meets to pledge an act of local change that will have a global impact.

“It’s not the money that counts, he said; “it’s the action.”

Participants supporting the campaign can choose an action from the Active-8 campaign website or they can come up with their own, such as, “‘I will donate to the food bank,’ or, ‘I’ll taker a shorter shower,’ or, ‘pick up litter,’ or ‘sort my garbage better,’ or ‘buy free trade coffee,’” he said in throwing out a few hints.

Participants can pledge at 2014active8campaign.com.

The youth ambassador who gathers the most pledges by February 28 will be awarded $1,000.

At school, MacDonald will be making morning announcements promoting millennium development goals, showing a slide show in the lobby and he is arranging for a guest speaker during Family Violence Prevention Week.

 

Organizations: Westisle Composite High School, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, Elmsdale 4-H Club O’Leary 4-H Club National Skills Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Zimbabwe

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  • cathy Morrison
    February 04, 2014 - 10:41

    Great article Jordan.

  • Heather Silliker
    February 03, 2014 - 14:05

    Great to see young people with ambitious goals! Fantastic work Jordan!