June 13, 2023 – Easter Seals Canada is proud to applaud former Provincial Easter Seals Ambassador, Brandon Bowen, on his selection as a Youth Ambassador as part of Canada’s Delegation to the 16th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP16), the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities this week in New York City, June 13-15, 2023. Mr. Bowen will be traveling alongside Canadian officials, other disability and inclusion leaders, advocates and changemakers as part of the country’s official delegation.
At COSP16, Mr. Bowen will be engaging with international stakeholders and UN entities on disability-related work and will have opportunities to learn from other countries about comparative policy and decision-making in other nations.
Mr. Bowen, 18, has devoted much of his youth to advocacy for persons with disabilities, particularly youth. He is a former Ambassador for Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador, a long-time participant in provincial programming and accomplished musician and accordion player who has played alongside some of the region’s top musicians. This past year, he was a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador delegation to Ottawa where he represented his province on Parliament Hill for the 100th Anniversary of Easter Seals in Canada.
Mr. Bowen and his family call Conception Bay South, NL home.
“We are delighted that Brandon Bowen has been presented with this extraordinary opportunity. Mr. Bowen’s leadership and advocacy skills, as well as his collaborative nature, make him an excellent representative for youth with disabilities on the global stage at the United Nations. As the world comes together to ensure persons with disabilities are at every decision-making table, we know Mr. Bowen is positioned to represent our country and our world as part of the global community of youth decision makers and policy influencers.
We wish him the very best this week and know Canada will be represented with brilliance and integrity.”
– Dave Starrett, President and CEO, Easter Seals Canada
About Easter Seals Canada
Easter Seals Canada has been making a difference in the lives of Canadians living with disabilities for over 100 years. The charity provides a wide range of services and programs, including summer camps, adaptive sports and recreation programs designed to empower, foster and create opportunities for people living with disabilities to enjoy a world without limits.