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Six County residents join new Bay of Quinte Youth Council

MP Neil Ellis speaks with members of the newly formed Bay of Quinte Youth Council - comprised of young people from a variety of backgrounds, representing all communities in the Bay of Quinte riding.

MP Neil Ellis speaks with members of the newly formed Bay of Quinte Youth Council – comprised of young people from a variety of backgrounds, representing all communities in the Bay of Quinte riding.

More than 30 youth from the Bay of Quinte region will be sharing their perspectives with the federal government.

Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, welcomed the new Bay of Quinte Youth Council for an official founding meeting this week.

The council is comprised of young people from a variety of backgrounds, representing all communities in the Bay of Quinte riding including six from Prince Edward County – Rachael Tracey, Cameron Crerar, Tristan Leclerc, Olivia Fox and Glen Huffman.

Ellis said members will meet a number of times throughout the year to learn about government process and structure, identify and participate in opportunities to make a positive and lasting impact in the community, and share their perspective on a number of important federal issues.
Commentary and recommendations pertaining to federal issues is to be formatted and formally reported directly to the Prime Minister’s Office.

“I had a wonderful time meeting with members of our Youth Council. It was a great experience engaging directly with such a passionate group of young people that have so much to offer,” said Ellis. “Their level of insight in the political system and passion for the challenges and opportunities impacting our community and our nation was, to say the least, impressive. What a testament to the quality of our local youth and their potential as leaders and stewards of Canadian democratic values.”

Ellis said the meeting saw many members expressing an interest in leading a community project and in participating on a local governance board for a local not-for-profit agency.

“Based on this level of interest in helping the community my office will soon be reaching out to our friends and partners in the community to partner on projects and to agencies in the not-for-profit sector to see if we can help place participants on boards that are of interest to them,” he said.

Youth Council member Samantha Reynolds said she is excited to become involved with the group.
“I am so ecstatic to have this opportunity come to the area. I think involving youth and constantly growing our community is a great way to showcase what we have and can offer in our community,” she stated. “Neil Ellis is a great addition to this community as an MP and I am looking forward to what comes next.”

Elizabeth Edwards is also excited about the opportunities.

“This is such an exciting opportunity in which youth members of the community can be more involved and share their ideas and perspectives on topics that they are passionate about,” she said. “I am glad to be a member of the first ever Bay of Quinte Youth Council and hopefully help pave the way for more youth engagement in the future.”

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