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Kamloops student wins chair on B.C. youth council | iNFOnews

A local student, Jacob Turand, has been selected to represent his community for one year on the StrongerBC Young Leaders Council.

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December 18, 2021 – 4:28 pm

Two young Kamloops have been selected to represent BC youth during a one-year term on the StrongerBC Young Leaders Council.

The council is made up of high school students, post-secondary students and workers ages 15 to 23, who will provide solutions to issues such as climate change, the economy and housing affordability, according to the BC Council’s website.

When Nelson-Christon MLA and the Prime Minister’s Special Youth Adviser, Brittney Anderson, were commissioned to head the Youth Council, she wanted young people to have the opportunity to bring up topics they believed were important to officials and work with governance.

“When we look at how we create different programs, we will be able to ask young people for their opinions on what we are creating and get their point of view, make sure that we care about young people now, and make sure they have a bright future,” Anderson said.

“I am really excited to start this program. I have spoken to most of them over the past few days, they are all diverse, community-minded and really engaged. I am excited to work with them,” she said.

Thea Wells and Jacob Turand of Kamloops were chosen to be among the 18 members of the Youth Council to represent their community, make their voices heard on issues, and have an impact on finding meaningful solutions.

“It is a really great honor to be chosen as a youth to represent my region, and to represent the voice of Almatys,” Turan said. “It would be great to see what other young people find most important and to work together to find solutions.”

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Although Turand currently lives in Kamloops, he was first inspired to apply for a place on the Youth Council after seeing the devastation caused by the fires, and now floods, in his hometown of Merritt.

“There was a need to take action on climate change. I see challenges but an opportunity to work with other young people across the county, and it made me want to get involved and share my voice,” he said. “Where BC is now, it’s a very difficult time.”

Leadership roles are not new to Turand, as he is currently in an MA on Leadership, has served as a youth representative at the Métis Nation and at the Youth Forum to Revitalize Métis Culture, and is now Co-Leader of the Indigenous Staff Resource Group, designed to create a sense of community and connection for Indigenous staff.

“He has always been passionate about inspiring change and working with others,” Turand said.

Tourand’s goal is to share his voice on issues he sees within the community and to contribute to finding solutions.

“It’s a unique opportunity to have young people representing all areas of the county find solutions to problems, and I’m looking forward to making an impact,” Turand said.

The issues on Turand’s mind are climate change, building and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship, reconciliation with the people of Métis, and affordable housing.

“Being young in this county, the need for safe and affordable housing is important, and when talking to others my age, finding affordable housing, whether to rent or own, is daunting to even consider owning a home,” Torand said. .

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Youth council members were selected based on interests, education, living experience, location, diversity, professionalism, and volunteerism.

“Young people have a really unique perspective and experience; their lived experience is very different. We know they have been affected by the pandemic, and to make sure they have a bright future going forward, it is important that their voices are heard,” Anderson said. across the county, they’re really going to be able to provide that voice to our government.”

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