On Friday, April 6th, Signal Hill will host 300 students at St. Nicholas Centre in Langley, BC for the first annual Value Project Conference.
The Value Project Conference is an all-day event designed to educate students on the value crises in modern society and to empower them to make positive change in their own lives and the lives of others, particularly those in their school communities. A special emphasis is placed on the need to see and respond to the root problem behind each respective value crisis: human life is not being recognized, valued, cared for, and protected.
Keynote Speaker: Jordan Koslowsky
Jordan Koslowsky is a third-year International Studies student and member of the varsity men’s volleyball team at Trinity Western University.
In the summer of 2016, Jordan’s life was changed while on a trip to the Middle East. Visiting the Syrian border and experiencing life at a refugee camp, Jordan saw firsthand the reality of devastation and suffering faced by millions of refugees around the world. He also saw that hope persists in every situation. Equipped with the strong belief that young people are capable of making a real difference in the world, Jordan founded the Trinity Refugee Awareness Campaign (TRAC). TRAC is a student-led non-profit organization responding to the global refugee crisis. In the first year of the organization’s operation, the TRAC team sponsored a refugee family of five, raised $37,000, mobilized over 100 volunteers, and coordinated 15 awareness events with the support of a diverse and intricate community. Sparked by a belief in the incredible potential and value of each human life, TRAC has made real difference in the lives of all involved, even despite challenging circumstance and unexpected setbacks.
Strengthened by his faith in God, Jordan believes all people are commissioned to meet the needs of others, even those around the world, with Christ working in and through all people to accomplish things beyond imagination. The world is a dark place, and yet when hope is recognized and challenge is embraced, people can truly change the world. Through this process, Jordan has learned that dreams have power when they are allowed to grow and that positive change can happen if people rise up against the systemic value crises that create the brokenness around us.
VERONICA HARGRAVE is the Youth Coordinator at St. Patrick’s, Maple Ridge. Veronica graduated from Trinity Western University and Catholic Pacific College in 2016 with a degree in theatre and its relationship to Christianity and culture. While her intent is to pursue her BEd in the future, she currently works with youth and young adults in leadership development and is passionate about empowering young people to experience and help others experience the value and beauty of life.
CODY FRIESEN is the Program Director at Camp Luther over in Mission, BC. He holds a BFA in Acting from Trinity Western University and has over 100 theatre productions under his belt. Primarily a director, selected shows include: The Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast and Around the World in 80 Days. Cody has a passion and enthusiasm to see young people understand their own uniqueness, potential, and value. Whether by helping them explore the worlds of others on stage, understanding the joy of service through camp, or modeling positive living through intentional mentorship, Cody tirelessly seeks to encourage people to a place of courageously bold living.
CARRIE DAVIDSON is the Executive Director of Signal Hill. No stranger to the trials of life, Carrie has firsthand experience with the value crises that young people face in today’s society. Carrie is passionate about helping all young men and women realize their inherent value and worth, and from that awareness make healthy life choices.
JASON JENSEN is a founding partner and Director of Strategy at design agency Glass Canvas. A father of four, Jason is passionate about raising up a new generation of people who spread hope and make positive change in the world today. Specializing in design, leadership, and public speaking, Jason helps his clients tap into their personal experience and potential for creativity in order to make productions that make real difference in the lives of others.