Heather Moyse joins YDAY 2018

Prince Edward Island native and four-time Olympian Heather Moyse believes we are capable of way more than we think – and she will share that message at YDAY 2018 later this month.

The double gold medalist is the keynote speaker at the provincial government’s annual youth summit September 22 at Stanley Bridge Country Resort. Youth aged 16 to 34 are encouraged to register today at as space is limited.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s YDAY – I’m excited to contribute to the growth of our Island youth, which in part, means contributing to the development of Prince Edward Island,” Moyse said. “Achieving one’s goal or vision is very rarely a straightforward path. I look forward to hearing about the visions that these youth have for the Island and talking about the mindset needed to overcome the obstacles that inevitably will pop up along the way.”

Marketing and communications firm Volume 18 will facilitate YDAY 2018 by bringing fresh and revitalized concepts to create a meaningful and impactful experience for all attendees. Since last year, the Youth Futures Council has met monthly to advise and make recommendations on provincial programs and policies. 

“We are proud to say that all 17 recommendations from last year’s YDAY 2017 have been considered by our government and are turning into outcomes, like the expanded student financial supports,” Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant said. “Thank you to the participants of the past YDAYs and to our Youth Futures Council members for their innovative solutions to the challenges that youth face.  Their hard work will help create a brighter future for everyone on Prince Edward Island.” 

Updates on YDAY are available at and


Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald


Here is the schedule for YDAY 2018 

9:30 am       Arrival, registration, coffee, tea and snacks 
10:00 am     Welcome, kick-off activity 
10:30 am     Premier/Minister’s address 
10:50 am     Heather Moyse- Keynote 
11:40 am     Panel discussion/Q&A—Youth leaders 
12:30 pm     Lunch 
1:00     Facilitated Portion Introduction-- Getting to Action 
1:30     Table discussions 
2:30     Presentations 
3:00     Wrap-up 
3:30     Close 

The following actions have been taken since the first YDAY in 2016:

•    adding student well-being teams in the public schools system;
•    creation of the Career Connect program;
•    expansion of the community service bursary;
•    expansion of the graduate mentorship program;
•    creation of the Ellevate program – an internship for young females pursuing a career in entrepreneurship;
•    more resources to help international students connect to the workforce;
•    release of the province’s Culture Action Plan;
•    integrating career and future planning into curriculum;
•    earlier food and nutrition education in the curriculum and bringing nutritionists into schools;
•    additional funding for on-campus mental health supports;
•    improved internet for rural Prince Edward Island;
•    profiling rural Prince Edward Island success stories;
•    connecting newcomers to potential employers;
•    repatriation campaign to encourage Islanders living away to come home;
•    expanded student financial supports like the Island Advantage bursary and debt reduction;
•    improved accessibility for energy efficiency programs; and
•    integrated communications strategy to bring awareness for mental health programs for youth.

General Inquiries

Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning
3rd Floor, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6290
Fax: 902-368-6340