On July 29, 16-year-old Holy Rosary High School student Leah Boyer will be accompanying 34 other young Canadians on an economic outreach mission to China
The 16-day trip will take the delegation to the cities of Chongqing, Chengdu and Guangzhou as part of the Junior Ambassadors program, run by the youth leadership organization Global Vision. The program is in support of the Canadian government’s Global Markets Action Plan, which aims to further international trade.
“It’s getting really close now, there are only (eight) days until I leave so (I’m a little nervous) but I’m very excited to promote Lloydminster and the province of Saskatchewan,” Boyer said. “I’m the only one from here, so there is pressure, but it’s more of an honour to go.”
On July 17, the Lloydminster Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) pledged $300 to go towards Boyer’s travel expenses. The LEDC, which promotes investment in Lloydminster, has also been helping Boyer prepare for her trip.
“She is actually the only one going from Saskatchewan, which is noteworthy, and she’s also obviously from Lloydminster ... so in our eyes, supporting our mandate, it was a great opportunity for us to just get the Lloydminster name out there,” said LEDC economic development officer Daniel Hobson. “China’s definitely one of those booming markets so if it leads to any opportunities with any other cities it would be great.”
This isn’t the first time Boyer has taken part in international youth development and leadership programs. At age 11 she travelled to Japan with Children’s International Summer Villages with children from 14 countries to learn about different cultures and perspectives. She also took part in the National Student Commonwealth Forum in Ottawa, both as a delegate and a member of the planning team.
Despite her experience as a youth leader and representative, Boyer says travelling with older teenagers and university students in China could be intimidating. But Hobson is confident in Boyer’s ability to advocate on behalf of Lloydminster.
“I think she’s phenomenal ... she’s well spoken, she’ll fit in,” he said.
“She’s handling everything really well and she’s very professional for her age.”
Boyer says the Global Vision mission perfectly combines her interests in travel, business and entrepreneurship and she’s thankful for the LEDC’s support.
“I’m really exited to talk about the Border City and just promote where I’m from,” she said. “Everyone who’s gone says it’ll be a life-changing experience.”