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Wanting to help others and create change is something Caitlin Haacke has always done.

Now, the 15 year old will have the opportunity to meet other like minded teens as well as her role model, astronaut Roberta Bondar, after being selected for an EF Tour Global Citizen Scholarship in 2014.

Haacke is one of 10 chosen from hundreds of applicants across Canada who will be attending We Day in the United Kingdom, as well as the Science and Innovation Summit in Berlin next March.

It a chance of a lifetime, said the empowered teen.

not only the fact that these people are great speakers (I get to see) they inspirational if they can put a female astronaut on the moon and up in space, they can have a female military lawyer who can be the best in the country, said Haacke, who wants to be a lawyer when she grows up.

pushes me to do better than what I already got planned, it a reassurance in my mind that I can do whatever I set my mind to. who will be in Grade 10 at George McDougall in the fall, has been involved in her school peer support group, local air cadet group, public speaking events and brought the Tents for Haiti initiative to Airdrie when she was in Grade 6.

Being so involved within her community in a variety of roles isn something that fazes her she doesn view her achievements as big deals.

my mind, they small things I can do to help, she said.

so easy and it can make such a huge difference in the world but most people would rather spend their time at the mall with their friends than spending six hours at Wal Mart, handing out flyers about tents, but that six hours is worth it. it seems that selfless work has begun to come full circle she spend 10 days in the UK and Germany, touring major attractions and attending the two events, as well as meeting and speaking with individuals involved.

Winners were chosen based on their leadership, passion for other cultures and commitment to change, which they demonstrated through written essays and videos. Finalists were then interviewed via Skype and Haacke found out she was selected in mid July.

She heard about the contest through EF Tours after being selected as a recipient of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award, when she landed on their mailing list. Going through the criteria for the Global Citizen Scholarship, although she didn think that any of her past community efforts were extraordinary, she applied because of the opportunity to meet her long time hero and role model Roberta Bondar.

thought it would be so cool to not only hear her speak but to be able to ask her questions about what it like to be an inspiration to girls all over the world that was what caught me, she explained, adding that when she was younger she wanted to be an astronaut herself.

Some of the conditions of her being able to take part in the all inclusive trip include being a top student in all academic classes, as well as a good role model she explained there a clause they must abide by, or else a runner up will take their place.

Besides meeting Bondar, Haacke said she is most looking forward to spending time with other incredible individuals, brainstorming ideas to help make their communities better.
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