Premier Ball an­nounces youth coun­cil mem­bers

Num­ber of cen­tral New­found­land stu­dents on com­mit­tee

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ST. JOHN’S, NL — Premier Dwight Ball an­nounced 25 mem­bers of the Premier’s Youth Coun­cil last week, in­clud­ing many rep­re­sen­ta­tives from cen­tral New­found­land.

The new coun­cil will pro­vide ad­vice to govern­ment on select top­ics of in­ter­est from a youth per­spec­tive.

The coun­cil, which aims to be di­verse and rep­re­sent young peo­ple liv­ing in com­mu­ni­ties through­out the prov­ince, con­sists of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans be­tween the ages of 16 and 24.

“In­put from a youth per­spec­tive is an im­por­tant part of shap­ing our fu­ture,” the premier stated in a press re­lease. “The newly ap­pointed mem­bers will pro­vide that per­spec­tive, and I look for­ward to work­ing with them and hear­ing their opin­ions and ideas.”

Six youth mem­bers will rep­re­sent cen­tral New­found­land.

Erin Ball is from Bot­wood and cur­rently liv­ing in St. John’s where she is study­ing bio­chem­istry at Memo­rial Univer­sity. She is a Memo­rial am­bas­sador and an ac­tive vol­un­teer in her com­mu­nity. Ball has won var­i­ous awards and schol­ar­ships, in­clud­ing the Dr. Les­lie Har­ris Memo­rial Univer­sity Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion Schol­ar­ship.

Brooke Blan­chard is from King’s Point, where she is cur­rently a Level III stu­dent at Val­mont Academy. She is a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer and fundraiser in her com­mu­nity and is pas­sion­ate about is­sues re­lated to ru­ral sus­tain­abil­ity. Blan­chard re­cently at­tended the Davinci En­gi­neer­ing En­rich­ment Pro­gram (DEEP) at the Univer­sity of Toronto and rep­re­sented her com­mu­nity at the Miss Achieve­ment NL Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram in 2016.

Kaylie Chaulk is from Mus­grave Har­bour and grad­u­ated from Gill Memo­rial Academy in 2016. Her in­ter­ests lie in tourism, aqua­cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, and recreation, and she has ex­pe­ri­ence with the Break­wa­ter Youth Cen­tre board of di­rec­tors as a youth rep­re­sen­ta­tive. She is cur­rently at­tend­ing Memo­rial Univer­sity.

Kaleigh Hicks lives in Gan­der and is cur­rently a Level III stu­dent at Gan­der Col­le­giate. In 2016, she rep­re­sented her com­mu­nity at the Miss Achieve­ment NL Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram and helped fundraise for Ron­ald MacDon­ald House. In 2017, she par­tic­i­pated in the SHAD pro­gram at Dal­housie Univer­sity in Hal­i­fax.

Laura Peck­ford is from Lewis­porte and is cur­rently com­plet­ing her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in bio­chem­istry-nu­tri­tion at Memo­rial Univer­sity. She has worked as a team leader for the Con­ser­va­tion Corps over the past three sum­mers and is an ac­tive vol­un­teer with the Memo­rial Univer­sity Stu­dent Vol­un­teer Bu­reau and the Rain­bow Riders Ther­a­peu­tic Horse­back Rid­ing Pro­gram.

Wil­liam White is from Grand Falls-Windsor. His cur­rent roles in­clude act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and pres­i­dent of Youth Cen­tres Canada, Am­bas­sador with One Young World, and Core Mem­ber of the Na­tional Youth Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­teeCen­tre for Ad­dic­tion and Men­tal Health.

Mem­bers of the Premier’s Youth Coun­cil went through the merit-based ap­point­ment process ad­min­is­tered by the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.

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