These past few weeks have shown me a couple of examples of youth and young adults in this community taking an interest in their community’s future, and trying to make their voice heard.
Those who have read my column in the past know, I support and encourage youth to be involved in shaping the future of their community, their province, and country.
My first example is 20 year-old Cearra Howey, a Port Perry resident and Standard employee, who was recently elected the Chairperson of Scugog’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. Cearra was recently recognized, at a Scugog council meeting, by Ward 3 Councillor Angus Ross, as one of the youngest committee chairs Scugog has had. In the year’s time I’ve gotten to know Cearra, through working with her at The Standard, I’ve noticed how ambitious, intelligent and talented she is, and I wish her good success in the role of chairperson.
With no youth advisory committee in this term of council, I’m happy to see an example of a young person in this community taking part in the municipal process, and in a committee leadership role.
The next example comes from the school walkout protests, which occurred at elementary and secondary schools across the province of Ontario, on Thursday, April 4th.
That day, I photographed the walkout at Port Perry High School and I was a little surprised by the large number of students that were lined up in front of the school, several of them carrying signs. The walkouts were to protest the cuts to education programs and other changes to Ontario’s education system made by the provincial Conservative government. No matter what political party you support, whether you support the current Conservative provincial government or are critical of it, I think people should be proud to know youth, especially youth in a small community like Port Perry, are taking an interest in what the different governments are doing, and are actively making their opinions known.
I’m encouraged to see youth and young adults taking an interest in guiding the future of the municipal and provincial levels of government. With Earth Day coming up in less than a couple weeks, hopefully we will see a lot of youth involved in making the community a cleaner and better place.
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