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Elise Pundyk received prestigious under 30 honour
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Elise Pundyk has been named to Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30. The award is presented annually to 30 outstanding young people who do commendable work in making the world a more just, fair and sustainable place for everyone. Pundyk’s work centres around work she did while attending the University of Lethbridge.
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
Elise Pundyk has been named to Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30.

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation presents the award annually to 30 outstanding young people who have been nominated by their community for their commendable work in making the world a more just, fair and sustainable place for everyone.

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation serves as a network of organizations and individuals throughout Alberta, working both locally and globally to help advance sustainable development and global citizenship.

Part of this network includes ACGC members, comprised of civil society organizations and individuals.

Pundyk says she received her nomination for her work in youth leadership.
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“I was nominated for my involvement in youth leadership related to the Sustainable Development Agenda. In particular, I co-founded the World University Service of Canada Local Committee at the University of Lethbridge in 2015 and began to implement their key program, the Student Refugee Program. Through this, we raised funds to sponsor a refugee student to resettle and study at the University of Lethbridge. As co-chair of this Committee, I led the team to raise these funds and organize the sponsorship. In our second year we ran a referendum, where the student body of the University of Lethbridge ultimately voted "Yes" to fund the sponsorship of refugee students to resettle and study at the UofL in perpetuity. This program has since sponsored four students to come and study at UofL.

Pundyk says that work has led to further opportunities.

“This work led to me to join the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth upon graduation, where I was part of the volunteer task fork organizing the Migration Youth Forum, which gathered 96 young leaders in migration and development from 55 countries to consolidate youth priorities ahead of the Global Forum for Migration and Development - "a state-led, informal and non-binding process, which helps shape the global debate on migration and development."”
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The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth is the UN General Assembly-mandated, official, formal and self-organized mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in the UN.

For Pundyk, being named to this award was an honour.

“It is a huge honour to have been selected to be a part of this year's Top 30 Under 30. I strongly believe in the power of young people to shape the future we are about to inherit and I have been so lucky to have met so many youth leaders, both through WUSC and MGCY, who inspire the work I do each day. Through this experience, it has been so empowering to learn about how youth are leading the way to strengthen our communities, both in Alberta and beyond our provincial borders.”

Pundyk says the Crowsnest Pass has been a major reason for the person she has become today.

“Growing up in the Crowsnest Pass has truly shaped the leader I am today. I am so grateful to have had all the opportunities to learn about community building, for example as a young peer tutor through Crowsnest Pass Literacy Foundation and a volunteer at Turning Pointe Dance Studio after school. I think coming from such a supportive community has played a huge role in building my confidence to try new things that have led to life-changing opportunities. If anything, this award demonstrates how young people from the Crowsnest Pass can really make a difference in Alberta and on the world stage.”
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