George Stamatis

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George Stamatis, born August 4, 1982 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to parents of Greek origin is a Greek Canadian children's rights activist, leadership specialist and motivational speaker since the age of 15.

In 1997, he and fellow youth rights activist Robert Hatton (former Chief advisor to the Solicitor General of Canada), were successful in closing down “Chapel”, a child-care institution managed by Batshaw Youth & Family Centres in Prevost, Quebec, where children under the age of 18 were being denied their basic rights. George was successful in leading petitions in support of the institution’s closure which was carried out by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission of Quebec) and the Government of Quebec.

1998 North American Ice Storm (in Montreal)

During the North American ice storm of 1998, George organized a team of young people at the Complex Claude Robillard to help facilitate the needs of families with children.

1999 United Nations Youth Committee

In February 1999, he was nominated to sit as Canadian Youth Ambassador to the United Nations (3rd committee - Youth Committee).

1999 Global Youth ACTION Network Involvement

In July 1999 he was chosen by the One Day Foundation to attend as a youth representative from Canada to the “United Youth Conference” in Sedona, Arizona which convened 20 young people from 12 different countries. Through this conference, he co-founded the Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) as a clearinghouse for today's youth movements. It also encourages collaboration and helps to maximize the collective impact of youth activism around the world. In 2000, he was nominated as Canadian Youth Ambassador for GYAN to lead in organizing outreach and GYAN development in Canada until 2005. [1][2]

Children's Rights Work

George is involved in many organizations to help unite and empower young leaders, especially the disadvantaged. His goal is to help increase their participation and impact on international policy and decision-making. He has advocated on behalf of children in meetings with political and religious leaders including Prime Ministers and Presidents, CEOs of major corporations, Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Prince William of Wales, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. George has been advocating for years, for the United States to ratify the “United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child” (CRC) by meeting with various senators and White House staff to achieve to a possible ratification. He also sits on the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the CRC.

During his speeches at the United Nations, in front of universities or other conferences, he often talks about the necessity of governments to implement as quickly as possible the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG's). He tends to proove his point, that we are far from reality from success of implementation of the MDG's by quoting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States (31 July 2007) where Gordon Brown states "The calendar says "we are half way from 2000 to 2015. But the reality is that we are we are a million miles away from success."

According to the Globe and Mail [3], Stamatis is one of the most influential respected young person in Canadian and international politics in regards to children rights and has many good relations with governments in Canada, US and other countries including many NGO's and the United Nations.

Stamatis work on children's rights has been featured on television programs in North America and Europe, including CNN.

He has received recognition from Ministers and Mayors for his work on children's rights.

Nobel Peace Prize

At the last United Nations General Assembly in 2007, New York Times [4] reported that Stamatis is a possible candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize because of his children's rights courageous work.

2007 Quebec Youth Protection Act (Modifications)

George was a major key player and was involved in the modifications process of the Quebec Youth Protection Act (Protection de la Jeunesse) during the Bill 125 consultations in 2006. All of his recommendations [5] to the Committee on Social Affairs of Quebec where retained and are currently in the actual Youth Protection Act .

One of his important recommendations reflected on the use of secure custody for disciplinary measures for youth protection cases. After reviewing his recommendations the Minister for youth protection and rehabilitation Margaret F. Delisle added a specific line into the new Youth Protection Act that "The measures provided for in section 118.1 of the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S-4.2), in particular isolation, and the placement in an intensive supervision unit provided for in section 11.1.1 of this Act may never be used as disciplinary measures."

2007 Recognition from the Hellenic Community of Montreal

In March 2007, he received recognition for his work on children's rights and his work as "Head Coordinator" for the response team during the Dawson College shooting on September 13, 2006. The Hellenic Community of Montreal recognized him as Grand-Marshal and he leaded the annual March 25th Greek Parade in Montreal. The parade is done to commemorate Greece's Revolution in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire the so called "Greek_War_of_Independence" on March 25, 1821. [6] [7]

2007 Recognition from the City of Montreal

Recently, he received a high recognition from the City of Montreal (Web Site) for his dedication to serve society at large and specially in 2006 as "Head Coordinator" of the response team during the Dawson College shooting on September 13, 2006. He helped coordinate the team using the Sir George Williams campus (Concordia University) as a temporary crisis centre offering food, blankets, bus tickets/taxis vouchers, and counseling (psychologist/psychiatrist) to traumatized students, staff and families. [8]

Update

Stamatis is involved with the United Nations and involved in many organizations as a board member or employee. He currently serves as Vice-President on the Board of Directors of the International Bureau for Children's Rights (IBCR). George has been involved with the IBCR since 2003 as Youth Affairs representative. The International Bureau for Children's Rights (IBCR) is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) based in Montreal, Canada, since its creation in 1994. Founded by Judge Andree Ruffo, the IBCR's mission is to contribute to the promotion and protection of the rights of the Child as laid out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international legal instrument adopted by the UN in 1989 and now ratified by 193 countries. The IBCR has a special consultative status with the United Nations - 3rd committee .. United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It's Board of Directors is composed by international experts who come from different fields which includes human rights, children's rights and criminal justice. The Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean is the Patron of the IBCR and selects it's board members.

Canadian federal politics

Some Canadian media [9] where reporting before July 18, 2007, that George a close friend to Jean Chretien (20th Prime Minister of Canada) and André Desmarais (son of Paul Desmarais) was going to run in the Canadian federal by-elections, 2007 in the Outremont riding although he didn't run "because he wasn't ready and was already busy with his Children's Rights projects, which takes lots of his time and that he has clear intentions to keep a leadership role for the rest of his career even if he decides to run for politics in a later time" said his Press Advisor Helen Ryan to media. Finally, Liberal leader Stéphane Dion appointed candidate Jocelyn Coulon on July 18. Helen Ryan says that George will try politics later in his life. George is known to have close ties with key influence members of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Quebec Liberal Party.

Recently, February 16, 2008 La Presse newspaper [10] reported that Stamatis was not willing to run for Member of Parliament for the Outremont this year but maybe next time.

References

  1. [http://profiles.takingitglobal.org/stamatgeorge George Stamatis Profile on TakingItGlobal TakingItGlobal, 2008]
  2. George Stamatis blogs on TIGblogs, TakingItGlobal, 2001
  3. [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070401.Stamatis01/BNStory/National/home | Children's Rights: A problem, Globe and Mail, 2007-04-01, Smart, Isabel]
  4. [http://www.nytimes.com/glogin?URI=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/01/world/UN/GA.html&OQ=_rQ3D1Q26hp&OP=1cc5693dQ2F2pcM2Q5B!Q5C5X!!Q26h2hSS12SQ3A2Q7ES2p!XaQ5B2Q3EQ3BQ5BQ5Bacc,5Q262Q7EQ7EQ3BX,Q20Q24mQ26Q3Ea UN Assembly with lots of surprises, New York Times, 2007-05-01, Lee, Nancy]
  5. http://www.bibliotheque.assnat.qc.ca/01/mono/2006/02/839970.pdf Briefing of George Stamatis before the Social Affairs Committee, National Assembly of Quebec, 2006-01-01,Stamatis, George
  6. [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8000994746278098440 Grand Marshal Nomination by the Hellenic Community of Montreal (Video) CTV, 2007]
  7. [http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/montreal/story.html?id=2e8333cd-0ce7-4fe5-8eb8-6e0ad85441e2 Triumphant march in blue and white, The Gazette Newspaper (Montreal), 2007-03-26, Hustak, Alan
  8. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8000994746278098440 Grand Marshal Nomination by the Hellenic Community of Montreal (Video), CTV, 2007
  9. http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080216/CPACTUALITES/802160797/1025/CPACTUALITES George Stamatis as a possible candidate in Outremont for Member of Parliament, La Presse, 2008-02-16, Bellavance, Joël-Denis
  10. http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080216/CPACTUALITES/802160797/1025/CPACTUALITES George Stamatis as a possible candidate in Outremont for Member of Parliament, La Presse, 2008-02-16, Bellavance, Joël-Denis


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