Tech­nol­ogy key for Premier’s Youth Coun­cil

Mem­bers say they’re be­ing heard fol­low­ing day of meet­ings in St. John’s

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY ASH­LEY FITZ­PATRICK ash­ley.fitz­[email protected]­gram.com

The in­tro­duc­tion of new tech­nolo­gies into daily life — and into gov­ern­ment pro­gram­ming — was a theme Fri­day for the Premier’s Youth Coun­cil, dur­ing a run of meet­ings at Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing in St. John’s.

The coun­cil, cre­ated in 2017, is con­sists of 25 ap­pointees, ages 16 to 24. It meets reg­u­larly, but was to­gether most re­cently for brief­ings from provin­cial min­is­ters and dis­cus­sion on: youth men­tal health and ad­dic­tions; em­ploy­ment and small busi­ness; vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion and sup­ports; ac­ces­si­bil­ity; and food self-suf­fi­ciency and agri­cul­ture.

“One big com­mon theme that I found and oth­ers found is the big im­por­tance of tech­nol­ogy on cer­tain top­ics, such as agri­cul­ture, such as men­tal health and the health-care sys­tem and just be­ing able to reach more youth and get more youth in­volved in the prov­ince,” said cochair Ray­lene Mackey. She said the cur­rent gov­ern­ment has been re­cep­tive their in­put.

Co-chair Mark Mur­doch said Premier Dwight Ball has reached out to each coun­cil mem­ber and he’s seen more con­nec­tion with the coun­cil than he had ex­pected.

“Not only did we have our dis­cus­sions on the round ta­ble, (the premier) took time to come and talk to each of us. I never ex­pected such en­gage­ment and I cer­tainly didn’t ex­pect to spend the full day with the premier,” he said, adding he ap­pre­ci­ated recog­ni­tion for youth coun­cil per­spec­tives.

“These fact-to-face meet­ings are im­por­tant,” Ball told re­porters, giv­ing as­sur­ances new pol­icy, plan­ning and leg­is­la­tion is con­sid­er­ing the feed­back from coun­cil mem­bers.

“What I saw in the room was a lot of en­ergy and a lot of en­thu­si­asm, and a lot of pride in this prov­ince,” he said. “For me it was a re­mark­able day. I knew it would be, too … given the level of youth en­gage­ment that we’ve had in the past.”

With home towns around the prov­ince, the cur­rent Premier’s Youth Coun­cil mem­bers are: Adam Mur­phy, Ri­ley Far­rell, Ben­nett Ne­whook, Sarah Win­sor, Ha­ley Mo­ri­ar­ity, Ni­cholas Hil­lier, Melanie Lun­dri­gan, Erin Ball, Laura Peck­ford, Wil­liam White, Lau­ren Carter, Kaulie Chaulk, Hailey Nose­wor­thy, Frances Leonard, Katie Wells, Olivia Perry, Shae­lynn Barry, Daniel Stark, Mcauley Bel­lows, Rad­hika Verma, Billy Barnes and Mackey and Mur­dock.

ASH­LEY FITZ­PATRICK/THE TELE­GRAM

Premier Dwight Ball speaks to mem­bers of the Premier’s Youth Coun­cil at the Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing in St. John’s on Fri­day af­ter­noon, after a press con­fer­ence with ques­tions on the full day of meet­ings in­volv­ing the coun­cil, premier and provin­cial min­is­ters.

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