Nine Kwantlen students participate in youth forum to discuss Olympic Truce

Sun, Oct 4, 2009



For immediate release

October 5, 2009

Kwantlen students participate in youth forum to discuss Olympic Truce

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Nine Kwantlen Polytechnic University students were invited by Governor General Michaelle Jean and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) to participate in a youth forum to discuss Olympic Truce, a centuries-old idea to promote peace through sports and culture.

“Being invited to the forum was an amazing opportunity. I’ve always regarded the Olympics as an opportunity for sports, but never really considered it as a peacemaking opportunity,” commented Delta resident and second-year business student Denny Hollick. “Now, I realize how much of an impact sport and culture through the Olympics can have on peacemaking and world relations.”

The youth forum is one of many programs initiated by VANOC to pursue the Olympic Truce goals to protect the interests of athletes and extend the values of peace, tolerance and fair play; and to promote dialogue, inclusion and mutual understanding.

As a proud Olympic Community Contributor for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Kwantlen was privileged to participate in the forum. The Kwantlen student participants were as follows: Nikita Gulden, Ibraheem Hassan, Bradley Head, Denny Hollick, Kassandra Linklater, Mussarat Malawiya, Brendan Shalathavong, Kunal Shama and Keri Van Gerven.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University brings with it a tradition of providing access pathways for students with difference talents and abilities, and opportunities for all who are willing to work hard to realize their goals. Key to Kwantlen’s new mandate is an enhanced capacity to integrate research and external community engagement within a learning environment that places students at the centre of all that the university does.

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