Mississauga-raised actor Simu Liu takes on another important role
Simu Liu, a Mississauga-raised actor who was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his role as Jung Kim on the popular CBC show Kim’s Convenience, announced that he will be taking on a new and exciting role as UNICEF’s Canada Ambassador.
UNICEF is a charitable organization that provides healthcare, immunizations, education, safe water and nutrition to over 190 countries and territories.
“UNICEF Canada is unparalleled when it comes to impacting global change and helping the most vulnerable children in the hardest to reach places,” said Liu in a statement. “I believe in every child’s right to a childhood and I am proud to lend my voice and share my experiences to help children in need everywhere.”
Liu, who was born in born in China raised in Erin Mills, recently made headlines when he was cast as the lead in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
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Being a @UNICEFCanada ambassador means being able to shed a light on the plight of vulnerable children all over the world. It means fighting for each child’s right to bare necessities like food, water, shelter, education and immunisation. It means cutting through the misinformation, politicking and manufactured outrage to address real issues affecting children today. I’m incredibly honoured to be joining the UNICEF team and I can’t wait to do great and impactful things together!
The virtual event, Take Back The Future, will be held on Nov. 20, 2020, and Liu will be there to talk about National Child Day in Canada and World Children’s Day globally.
It will be hosted by young advocates who will discuss education, mental health, Indigenous sovereignty, climate change, democracy and systemic racism.
“Gen Z will be our salvation - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,” said Liu.
“I can’t wait to meet the young advocates who are leading Canada into a better, reimagined and more equitable future.”
Last year, UNICEF held a youth activism conference which brought over 100 young activists from across the country. Due to COVID-19, the organization is asking young people to #StayInToSpeakOut this year.
“From coast-to-coast-to-coast, young people in Canada are staying in to speak out on their experiences with COVID-19,” said Alli Truesdell, UNICEF Canada’s Youth Participation Lead, in a statement.
“This generation will live with the impacts of the pandemic and how our leaders respond for years to come. They must be included in decisions that affect their future.”
Registration for virtual Stay In to Speak Out Sessions is open to youth in Canada ages 12-24 years old.
Registration for the Nov. 20 showcase is open to Canadians of all ages.
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