Premier Ball announces youth council members
Number of central Newfoundland students on committee
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.