Sam Littlefair-Wallace is an incoming student into the ESS and International Development Studies program in Fall 2010. At the age of 19, he has already had the opportunity to leave his home in Halifax to travel across Africa, parts of Europe, Asia and North America to learn about social justice and environmental sustainability.
At the young age of 14, he was first exposed to issues of sustainable development at the International Conference on Gross National Happiness at St. FX University. As a result of this conference, he and a group of youth founded GPI Atlantic Youth and continue to attend conferences (Thailand in 2007) and hold workshops on Gross National Happiness for students in the HRM.
Sam was recently chosen to be a part of Active-8, a team of 8 Atlantic Canadian youth encouraging people to make action pledges regarding global citizenship, social justice, and environmental responsibility. He hopes that this initiative, being held during International Development Week, will encourage people to think more about the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/ACDI-CIDA.nsf/eng/JUD-13173118-GPM).
Sam’s interest in international development was sparked by his volunteer work in Ethiopia where he taught English, educated youth on social and environmental issues, helped plan the building of a soccer field, and aided in the restoration of the school’s library. Sam has always wanted to study the environment and sustainable development and looks forward to beginning his formal studies at Dalhousie in the fall.
Please visit http://www.active8campaign.com/active-8-campaign/sam-littlefair-wallace/ to learn more about Sam and his involvement with the Active-8 team.