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Executive Director Kahlil Baker receives Canada World Youth Leadership Award

This week, Canada World Youth celebrates the achievements of youth with the unveiling of the 2013 CWY Leadership Awards recipients. Taking Root Executive Director and co-founder, Kahlil Baker, received an award in the Youth Innovation Award category.

Kenyan Samuel Wakangu (Outstanding Overseas CWY Alumni Award) and Jennifer Martin (Outstanding Canadian CWY Alumni Award) received their award alongside Kahlil from the CWY Chair, Colin Robertson, and CWY President and CEO, Rita S. Karakas, during a ceremony held Tuesday in Ottawa.

The CWY Leadership Awards recognize the achievements of young people from Canada and around the world who are engaged in innovative initiatives that promote peace, intercultural understanding, and community and international development. More than 30 outstanding young leaders were nominated this year. Winners are each awarded $3,000 towards the advancement of their projects.

“I am really honored to be recognized on a national level for our work using reforestation to mitigate climate change while increasing the resilience of subsistence farmers,” remarked Kahlil. “We all emit greenhouse gases through our daily actions, so we each must play a role in addressing climate change.”

Kahlil is presently participating in the Awards Ceremony and Cross-Canada Presentations and Public Engagement from 4-11 November 2013.

See more at: http://canadaworldyouth.org/newsroom/news/2013/11/05/des-jeunes-engages-socialement-sont-recompenses-lors-de-ledition-2013-des-prix-jeunes-leaders/

About Canada World Youth
Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of people aged 15-35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international educational programs focussed on building knowledge, leadership and other life skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects, many in developing countries. Over the past 40 years, 35,000 young people and 11,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad. CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).
– See more at: http://canadaworldyouth.org

About Kahlil Baker
With over 12 years of experience working with farming communities and reforestation projects in Central America, Kahlil has been developing innovative approaches of making community forestry an economically viable land use option for subsistence farmers. As Taking Root’s Executive Director, Kahlil is responsible for the overall successful leadership and direction of the organization. This involves acting as the director for staff, and developing an operational plan to ensure overall short-term and long-term success. As the leader of the organization’s operations, Kahlil ensures that the reforestation project complies with rigorous international forest carbon standards. He develops forest inventory and carbon accounting methodologies, and he supervises the operational team in Nicaragua. He is also responsible for developing international partnerships to help promote the project. In addition to working for Taking Root, he is pursuing doctoral research in forest economics at the University of British Columbia.

Prior to Taking Root, Kahlil spent many years working in the Canadian silviculture industry. He holds a Master’s degree in forest biometrics from the University of British-Columbia, a degree in economics from Concordia University, a permaculture design certificate from Costa Rica and a professional specialization certificate in business development. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.


Source : Julie Brouard, Director, Communication and Public Engagement, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 310, jbrouard@cwy-jcm.org.

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