Katimavik coming
Donations or loaners needed for volunteer group

by Cheryl Leschasin
Northern News Services

NNSL (Sep 26/97) - Katimavik, a non-profit organization that promotes youth voluntarism, is coming to Yellowknife.

Eleven youths from across Canada between the ages of 17 and 21 will arrive for three months this October to participate in volunteer experiences.

"They will be living together and working in work projects," said Marie-Laurie Chavanon, the Yellowknife organizer.

Youths will be volunteering at the Visitors Centre, the Salvation Army, the Yellowknife Ski Club, the French Social Culture Centre and La Gardierie Plein Soleil.

While in Yellowknife, the youths will be staying at a rented downtown house with Chavanon acting as supervisor, but furnishings are a problem.

"We have a very tiny budget to furnish the house," said Chavanon. In particular, the group needs donations of beds and mattresses.

Participants in Katimavik are expected to take part in a wide range of activities, including work techniques, second-language learning, entrepreneurship, environmental awareness, socio-cultural activities, active leisure, nutrition, health and well-being.