Press Release: GPCC welcomes Malala Yousafzai’s First Visit to Canada, to receive honorary citizenship and speak to Parliament

April 10, 2017

News Release

The Global Peace Centre Canada welcomes Malala Yousafzai’s First Visit to Canada, to receive honorary citizenship and speak to Parliament.

The Global Peace Centre Canada (GPCC) team welcomes the news that the Government of Canada has invited Malala Yousafzai to visit Canada on April 12, 2017 to address Parliament and to receive an honorary Canadian citizenship. We are pleased that Prime Minster Trudeau plans to discuss girls’ empowerment through education with Malala. Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the designate UN Messenger of Peace will make history again when she becomes the youngest person to address the Parliament of Canada. Malala will be one of the just six people to receive honorary Canadian citizenship along with Nelson Mandela and others.

Malala says, “The people of Canada are leading the world in their response to the refugee crisis. I am honoured by the Prime Minister’s invitation and look forward to visiting this great nation of heroes.”

Dr. Ann Armstrong, GPCC Vice Chair says, “I am pleased to hear this wonderful news. Malala Yousafzai is such a role model, inspiring courage, peace, and liberation through education.”


For further information contact:

Jahan Zeb
Co-Founder GPCC
Waterloo-Hamilton, ON, Canada
289 788 4646,
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  1. GPCC is Inspired by Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, its Honourary chair. GPCC, is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization, facilitates peace skills and leadership training for young women and young men and develops peace education lessons with the goal of eliminating hate, discrimination and promoting peace,  by furthering social justice among the young people in Canada and globally.
  2. The GPCC team including our Honorary Chair, Ziauddin Yousafzai has shared the message of peace with over 2,000 young people in Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
  3. The GPCC team was invited by Google Canada in a May 2016 @Google Talk Show to share our message of peace, gender equity, women’s education and peace skills with Google’s young staff.


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