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The Young New Democrats of Canada – Brant Riding Chapter and the Brant NDP are happy to offer this Free Non Partisan event to our community again this year.

The 3rd Annual FREE Brantford Youth Leadership Conference will take place at Counterpoint Churchon 4 Pearl St, in Brantford on Friday May 3rd from 9am-3pm.

There will be activities, workshops, keynote speakers and lunch provided by the Brantford and District Labour Council.

Over 100 students are already registered and we have room for more. Please call 519-751-9111 or email or to register.

Want to learn more about our Keynote Speakers?

Bill Johnson:
Different from most other speakers, Bill’s presentations don’t focus on what “leaders” or “the best” do or don’t do. He presents what everyone can do and how to do them. The interaction provided, examples and personal stories shared all help to support what the message really is: “Before you do something great, you must DO SOMETHING!”

Bill Johnson has both speaking and leadership experience that stretches over a decade and his messages have reached people all across North America. He has helped out with groups such as the North Dakota Association of Student Councils (NDASC) ,North Dakota Association of National Honor Societies (NDANHS), Massachusetts HOBY, Ontario Student Leadership Conference (OSLC), National Student Leadership Camps (NSLC), and many others in addition to being a student himself studying Education Administration.

Leigh Zachary Bursey:
Back by popular demand is this twenty-five year old cable access talk show host, volunteer coordinator, activist and Brockville city councillor Leigh Zachary Bursey.

Bursey, who is also the president of the Brockville Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation, and board member for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association wowed those in attendance last year with his incredible personal story of conquering adversity and doing so with high energy, humour and heart.

Rathika Sitsabaiesan:
MP for Scarborough – Rouge River.

Appointed by Jack Layton as Post-Secondary Education Critic in 2011 she is also the first ever Tamil Canadian MP and the youngest ever MP from the Toronto area. She’s also done great work on post secondary, youth and human right’s issues since being elected. Now Magazine Readers named her Best Local MP of 2012 for the GTA.

Gary A. Newman, Director
Canadian Training Institute Breaking the Cycle Programs:


Breaking the Cycle is all about helping young people avoid getting involved in gangs or getting out of gangs if they are already involved. Participants include males and females, ages 15 – 30, who are or have been involved in a youth gang and are currently unemployed or not attending school.

Part of Breaking the Cycle, the Ambassador Leadership Project builds on the leadership potential of youth and involves them in community awareness efforts. Through speaking engagements and development projects, youth reach out to youth to reduce the risk of gang involvement and develop a positive image of youth in the community, while also balancing work placements to gain experience to enter the labor market.