Cape Ray youth
Named to governemnt advisory committee
CAPE RAY – Ky Pearce has been named to the provincial government’s youth advisory committee. The Cape Ray native has been active in the region from an early age, volunteering with the Community Youth Network (CYN) and eventually sitting on the board for the CYN Rec House in Port aux Basques until relocating for school in 2012.
Pearce was active in student council while attending St. James Regional High School, and sat on the school council (distinct from the student council) as a student representative for three years, eventually grading with the provincial volunteerism award.
After that it was onto Grenfell Campus, Memorial University to complete a degree in social/ cultural studies.
“It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life and I am completely in love with Grenfell Campus and everything it represents,” Pearce wrote via email. “While I was at Grenfell I spent a lot of time working with the student union and its subsidiary, the Queer caucus, which advocates for the needs of Queer students. Pearce is a dedicated advocate of fully funded post-secondary education for all “because I believe education opens doors for people and creates new opportunities that they would have never even dreamt possible.”
For Pearce, those opportunities have led to Kingston,
Toronto, and a prestigious research grant to study at Queen’s University.
“My master’s thesis focuses on the experiences of Queer (capital Q is intentional) youth in Newfoundland, particularly those who grew up in rural communities,” Pearce wrote. “My work pays particular attention to their experiences and stories about their lives. The goal of my research is to set a precedent about how research is done with Queer people in Newfoundland, and ideally Canada as a whole.
“I’ll be finishing my master’s degree this year. My work is something that I am very passionate about as a Queer person.”
Pearce was appointed to government’s youth advisory in September. Consisting of 25 youths from around the province, the group will provide feedback on policy issues, particularly those impacting youth.
“I’m really excited to be a member because I have always been very engaged with politics, and extremely concerned about many of the issues that people in this province face, particularly issues relating to education, employment, and mental health,” said Pearce.
Despite all that, there is always time to return to Cape Ray and reconnect with family and friends. Thanks to a flexible grad school schedule, and winter and summer breaks, Pearce travels back to Newfoundland often.
“My research work also brings me back to the island, so I’d say I spend a lot more time in Newfoundland, and home, than I expected to be able to.”
And while the future is not yet decided, Pearce would love to someday return permanently.
“I’d love nothing more than to be able to find a career in my field in the province, and preferably on the west coast. It would be a dream come true. Sadly at the moment, that does not seem likely, wrote Pearce, who has already begun addressing that particular issue. “This frustration with trying finding meaning work in our field in Newfoundland is something that the premier’s youth advisory council has discussed extensively.”
Cape Ray native Ky Pearce was appointed to the government’s youth advisory committee in September.