We wanted to profile some former CLIC participants and find out what they were up to. We were lucky to catch up with Leejoo, who when he isn’t in class at SFU is volunteering with a number of different local organisations, or leading his own. We asked him to reflect on his CLIC experience.
Who are you?
I am now a student at Simon Fraser University, and I took CLIC when I was in high school. I was born in Kamloops, but grew up in Surrey. I’m involved in Local Development Group, Vancouver Foundation, Village Surrey, City of Surrey, Canadian Blood Services and others. I enjoy challenging hikes, exploring the far corners of Great Vancouver and trying out new food.
What did CLIC mean to you?
I learnt more about understanding different perspectives, leadership and making connections. The experience was challenging at first, sitting in a classroom full of adults was a first time experience – but eventually I realized everyone was in different stages in their life, therefore being the youngest there didn’t feel too bad. As I got more comfortable, I expressed my opinions more and ultimately represented the youth community. It felt good.
What stood out for you?
Can’t really pinpoint just one thing, but currently I enjoy going through life and doing my volunteer activities and once awhile stopping to realize, “Oh that’s what Dr. Burke meant by this!” Also the people are great, everyone has a common goal of wanting to give back.
What are you up to now?
I recently came back from Ottawa. I was celebrating Canada Day through a program called Canada 150 & Me. Through this I was able to join Canada 150 National Youth Forum where in a group I was able to present an issue in front of the Governor General, check out the City of Ottawa, perform on the Canada Day stage in Ottawa and volunteer in Quebec and Ontario.
I’m currently leading a non-profit group to inspire students to take part in their community. With this group, we have initiated two gardens, one Little Free Library, an annual Summer Block Party and two Human Library events.
I’m also working on a business idea and challenging myself to make it a reality.