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"Perspectives on Leadership" Lecture Event - Ilona Dougherty, Founder, "Apathy is Boring"

March 10th, 2008, 5:30pm

AA160, Arts & Administration Bldg. Council Chambers

Raised in a family that encouraged social activism, Ilona Dougherty began her career as a concerned citizen at a young age. She was elected Chair of the Canadian Environmental Network Youth Caucus at 14, and later went on to serve on the National Youth Roundtable on the Environment, Sierra Youth Coalition Executive Committee, & Sierra Club of Canada Board of Directors. She was a co-founder of the Youth Environmental Network and a Canadian Delegate to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in 1997.

Realizing that her passion was equal in both environmentalism and the arts, Ilona completed a degree in Policy Studies and Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in 2003. In January 2004 Ilona founded Apathy is Boring ( a national non-partisan organization that aims to use art and technology to re-engage youth in the democratic process, where she is currently the Executive Director.

Ilona continually strives to find ways to mix art & activism, and has worked at such events as the Grey Cup and the Juno Awards, and with artists such as Melissa Auf Der Maur, Nelly Furtado, K’naan, Zaki Ibrahim, and many more. She was recently named one of five women changing the world by Canadian Dimensions Magazine, and was featured in the book “Notes from Canada’s Young Activists”.

Ilona was raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Whitehorse, Yukon, and now lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Join us on Monday, March 10th at 5:30pm for an intimate discussion of what it takes to fight apathy where it starts – with you!


The U of T Scarborough "Leadership Development Program", aims to supplement students' academic work to help the development of skills and perspectives that will empower them to have a positive impact on their own lives and on the lives of others. The program embraces the philosophy that "when you aspire to be better, you inspire others to do the same." As such we can all play a role as lifetime leaders and learners.

The series consists of a number of workshops, seminars and speakers.  Full details on the entire program are available at

For more information contact Drew Dudley at

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