Alumni Leejoo Hwang took the time to answer some questions and to update us on what he has been up to since his time with Experiences Canada. This quick read shows just how life changing our programs can be.

 

Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

 

My name is Leejoo Hwang from Vancouver and I respectfully acknowledge that I reside on unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Lummi, WSANEC, Katzie, Sto:lo Treaty Association, and Semiahmoo territory. I’m passionate about the triple bottom line, ecological, social, and economic sustainability, and I believe in solving world issues through entrepreneurship and business. I’m currently working on a startup called MeaningfulWork, a web application that helps you find volunteer opportunities and new ways to give back! On the side, I work with the government on creating policies! I am a Watson Scholar and a Ford Scholar and used to advise for Health Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the City of Surrey.

 

When and which Experiences Canada programs did you participate in?

 

I got a chance to be part of an awesome network of people from all over Canada during Canada 150 & Me and got a chance to think about what the next 150 years of Canada would look like. I attended the Vancouver conference and the National Conference in Ottawa after writing about the importance of community gardens and how it can build resiliency in our communities while bridging our neighbors.

 

How did your participation and involvement with Experiences Canada impact your life?

 

Before attending Canada 150 & Me, I didn’t realize how big Canada was. After the conference, it motivated me to explore the rest of Canada including Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. As you can see I still have a lot more places to visit. Understanding how big Canada is and really how big the world is, it allowed me to think broader and wider. I’ve always imagined a life only in Vancouver and now I’d love to not only travel but also live in different cities. In relation to the work I am doing now, it really put a strong emphasis on civic engagement and volunteering. I’d love to not only take MeaningfulWork across the country but the world.

 

Can you tell us about where you are now? What your life looks like today?

 

I spend most of my time building MeaningfulWork with James and Raaj who make up the co-founder team. I had the great opportunity in Egypt to represent Canada for World Youth Forum and virtually in Italy as a delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance. Running a startup as a co-founder and COO I wake up at 8 in preparation for our daily standup at 8:30. have a handful of meetings, and then help people find MeaningfulWork and onboard nonprofits so you have more options and a steady stream of volunteer opportunities. During the evening and weekends, I volunteer my time with a handful of nonprofits. You can see more of what my day to day look like on my Twitter @hwangleejoo and TikTok @h.leejoo

 

What advice do you have for today’s youth?

 

If I can do it, you can do it better. It’s an advice I heard every person I looked up to tell me. I’m no one special, if anything I’m just like you. Take up the courage and do something you really care about. You don’t have to spend your life carving yourself into a shape rather carve a place where you feel like you belong and others just like you will thank you for it.

 

Anything else you would like to add? 

 

Volunteering is not only a requirement to fill out your hours for school, but a great opportunity for you to start developing skills, and start giving back to cause areas you care about whether is climate change, black lives matter, stop Asian hate and so much more. If you’re looking to give back and acquire new skills check us out at meaningful.ca and let me know you signed up after reading this article!

 

Virtual Choir Application:

 

Note: Participant fees are $50 for 1 x 6 week session, or $75 to sign up for both sessions. This covers rehearsals, all music and other materials required, plus optional participation in the virtual exchange program. These fees will be due once accepted into the program.

 

Experiences Canada is dedicated to ensuring full access to its program regardless of geography, ability or economic circumstance. Limited special measures funding requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

If you have any questions about the virtual Choir or the application process, please contact us at: communications@experiencescanada.ca

 

Applications close Sunday, November 7.

 

Weekly rehearsals will be Tuesdays at 4pm Pacific time (7pm ET, 8:30 NL), and un from Nov 9 to Dec 14, and Feb 1 to March 8.

 

Virtual Choir application
Address / Adresse *
Address / Adresse
City / Ville
State/Province
Zip/Postal
I identify my gender as / Genre: *
Applications are open to youth 12-17 years old.
Which 6 week session would you like to sign up to (you may select both) / À quelle séance souhaitez-vous vous inscrire:

Tell us about yourself / Parlez-nous un peu de vous

What is your singing experiences / Quelles sont vos expériences en chant:
List as many that apply
Do you sing high, medium, or low? / Chantez-vous haut, moyen ou bas?
Do you play a musical instrument? / Jouez-vous d’un instrument de musique?
eg: Possible scheduling conflicts

Collection and Use of Personal Information

As the parent/guardian, I hereby give my consent for EXPERIENCES CANADA to collect the personal information required for submission to the EXPERIENCES CANADA Virtual Choir. I understand that this personal information is required for the purposes of selection and program delivery and that it will only be used by EXPERIENCES CANADA or disclosed to select third parties who are acting as suppliers, service providers or who provide funds to EXPERIENCES CANADA and who have agreed to protect the personal information supplied by EXPERIENCES CANADA.

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En tant que parent/tuteur, j’autorise EXPÉRIENCES CANADA à recueillir tous les renseignements personnels requis pour participer à la Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA. Je comprends que ces renseignements personnels sont nécessaires aux fins de sélection et d’exécution du programme et qu’ils ne seront employés que par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA ou divulgués à des tierces parties qui agissent à titre de fournisseurs, de fournisseurs de services ou de bailleurs de fonds pour EXPÉRIENCES CANADA et qui ont accepté de protéger les renseignements personnels transmis par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA.

By checking “Yes” I indicate that I freely give my consent to the collection and use of personal information of this participant as set out above. // En cochant « Oui », j’indique que je donne mon libre consentement à la collecte et à l’utilisation des renseignements personnels, tel que décrit ci-dessus. *
I understand that my child may have the opportunity to express himself/herself verbally or in written form, create or appear in photographs and/or video recordings at any point during the EXPERIENCES CANADA virtual choir, individually or as part of the group. / Je comprends que mon enfant peut avoir l’occasion de s’exprimer verbalement ou par écrit, de prendre des photographies/de produire des vidéos, ou d’y figurer, à tout moment dans le cadre du programme de Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA, individuellement ou en groupe. *

Formulaire de demande – Chorale virtuelle:

Remarque : Les frais de participation sont de 50 $ pour une séance de six semaines ou de 75 $ pour s’inscrire aux deux séances. Cela comprend les répétitions, toute la musique et tout le matériel requis, ainsi que la participation facultative au programme d’échange virtuel. Ces frais seront exigibles une fois qu’ils auront été acceptés dans le programme.

Expériences Canada s’engage à assurer un accès complet à son programme, peu importe la géographie, les capacités ou les circonstances économiques. Les demandes de financement de mesures spéciales limitées sont examinées au cas par cas.

Si vous avez des questions au sujet de la chorale virtuelle ou du processus de demande, veuillez communiquer avec nous à l’adresse communications@experiencescanada.ca.

Les candidatures se terminent le dimanche 7 novembre.

Les répétitions hebdomadaires auront lieu les mardis à 16 h, heure du Pacifique (19 h, HE, 8 h 30, T.-N.-L.), du 9 novembre au 14 décembre et du 1 février au 8 mars.

Virtual Choir application
Address / Adresse *
Address / Adresse
City / Ville
State/Province
Zip/Postal
I identify my gender as / Genre: *
Applications are open to youth 12-17 years old.
Which 6 week session would you like to sign up to (you may select both) / À quelle séance souhaitez-vous vous inscrire:

Tell us about yourself / Parlez-nous un peu de vous

What is your singing experiences / Quelles sont vos expériences en chant:
List as many that apply
Do you sing high, medium, or low? / Chantez-vous haut, moyen ou bas?
Do you play a musical instrument? / Jouez-vous d’un instrument de musique?
eg: Possible scheduling conflicts

Collection and Use of Personal Information

As the parent/guardian, I hereby give my consent for EXPERIENCES CANADA to collect the personal information required for submission to the EXPERIENCES CANADA Virtual Choir. I understand that this personal information is required for the purposes of selection and program delivery and that it will only be used by EXPERIENCES CANADA or disclosed to select third parties who are acting as suppliers, service providers or who provide funds to EXPERIENCES CANADA and who have agreed to protect the personal information supplied by EXPERIENCES CANADA.

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En tant que parent/tuteur, j’autorise EXPÉRIENCES CANADA à recueillir tous les renseignements personnels requis pour participer à la Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA. Je comprends que ces renseignements personnels sont nécessaires aux fins de sélection et d’exécution du programme et qu’ils ne seront employés que par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA ou divulgués à des tierces parties qui agissent à titre de fournisseurs, de fournisseurs de services ou de bailleurs de fonds pour EXPÉRIENCES CANADA et qui ont accepté de protéger les renseignements personnels transmis par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA.

By checking “Yes” I indicate that I freely give my consent to the collection and use of personal information of this participant as set out above. // En cochant « Oui », j’indique que je donne mon libre consentement à la collecte et à l’utilisation des renseignements personnels, tel que décrit ci-dessus. *
I understand that my child may have the opportunity to express himself/herself verbally or in written form, create or appear in photographs and/or video recordings at any point during the EXPERIENCES CANADA virtual choir, individually or as part of the group. / Je comprends que mon enfant peut avoir l’occasion de s’exprimer verbalement ou par écrit, de prendre des photographies/de produire des vidéos, ou d’y figurer, à tout moment dans le cadre du programme de Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA, individuellement ou en groupe. *

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