1400 students attended Global Issues 2016. Ten members from the community addressed maximum capacity crowds in the library. TelusWise Ambassadors reminded students about Internet and Smartphone safety. This message was underlined by the actors of Justice Theatre who re-enacted a real Canadian trial about cyber-bullying. For the second year in a row, Amy Patterson answered youths’ top 20 questions about their sexual health. PatParungao, retired Teacher Librarian, delivered two participatory presentations on behalf of BC-ALPHA , an organization that promotes an awareness of crimes against humanity committed during WWII in Asia. Environmental Journalist, Arno Kopecky, took students through a masterfully narrated and visually rich journey from Peru’s Amazon rainforest through to BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. PACE Society educated us about Sex Workers’ safety issues and their rights as workers. Dr. David Steele, molecular biologist and president of Earthsave Canada informed us of the environmental impacts of animal agriculture. The Honourable Peter Julian, MP for New Westminster-Burnaby concluded the events by encouraging students to take a leadership role in their community. His message included the importance of participating in civic life, awareness and action through attending events like Global Issues Week, and unswerving dedication to school.
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