January 9, 2013 11:15 am
Updated: March 31, 2013 9:46 am

‘Degrassi’ star Luke Bilyk to host youth empowerment event

Actor Luke Bilyk.


TORONTO – Degrassi star Luke Bilyk, rapper Jake “Lil Jaxe” Zeldin and actress Sarena Parmar are among the special guests scheduled to attend this year’s Count Me In Conference, a youth-run empowerment event taking place April 17.

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“Count Me In is all about promoting volunteerism and really being that link between students and volunteer opportunities,” explained founder Shane Feldman, during an appearance on Global Toronto’s The Morning Show.

Described as the largest youth-run event of its kind in Canada, the Count Me In Conference is expected to draw 1,500 students from across Ontario to the Mississauga Living Arts Centre for a full day of guest speakers, performances and networking.

“We partner with dozens of different charities who offer unique volunteer opportunities for students,” said Feldman, 18. “We really help students seek out those opportunities that match their interests.”

Actress Kristin Chenoweth will appear via video and speakers will include Annaleise Carr, the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario; nine-year-old environmental activist Maddie Cranston; and escape artist and stuntman Scott Hammell.

Feldman, a Ryerson University student, created Count Me In as a school project when he was 13 years old. He said he hopes to expand the event to other cities across Canada.

“We’re just getting started,” he said.

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