The Corner Brook Youth Advisory Committee was formed in January 2020. This committee;
Provides input and advice to the Mayor, Council and administration on municipal issues that affect youth;
Consults with other departments, agencies, and organizations that are involved in youth initiatives;
Organizes events that allow youth to participate in community spaces, events, and activities in a meaningful way.
The City of Corner Brook believes that:
– youth are integral parts of the community that have inherent rights and responsibilities.
– youth shall be encouraged to take part in democratic initiatives at the local level.
– youth shall be exposed to local government and positions in the municipal sector to encourage growth in and pursuit of these careers.
– youth grow and develop leadership skills when provided opportunities to advise, grow and participate.
Composition and Membership
The Committee consists of Councillors and staff including:
Councillor L. Chaisson (Chair)
Mayor J. Parsons (ex-officio)
All Councillors (optional)
Other Managers (as required)
Youth – between the ages of 13 and 19
Mira Buckle (co-chair), Rachael O’Reilly, Luke Thibeau, Abigail Park, Brandon Higdon, Brianna Bridger, Carrie Follett, Grant Wareham, Jack Jacobs, Malcolm White, Max Pittman, Samantha Dwyer, Teagan Dwyer
Corner Brook Youth Advisory Committee Projects:
“Signs of Hope”
The “Signs of Hope” campaign was an initiative to spread positivity during Covid-19. Signs were placed around Corner Brook with different messages. They were; Stay kind, You grow through what you go through, Pause and enjoy the moment, Be “leaf” in yourself, and Plant seeds of positivity. As part of the project, the CBYAC held a social media contest. Residents of Corner Brook submitted selfies with a sign and posted on Facebook or Twitter with #CBKindness.
There are plans for the signs to be put in indoor spaces during the winter months.
The committee had a plot at the Reid Street Community Garden in the Summer of 2020. The group grew potatoes, green beans and sugar snap peas. All produce was donated to the Xavier House.
The CBYAC has another Garden plot for the 2021 season. This year, they plan to donate all harvested produce to the Willow House. The CBYAC also participated in Clean up Day at the Community Gardens.
“Garden Starter Kit”
This project involved the CBYAC providing 100 youth and their families with a Garden Starter Kit to get youth growing vegetables. Each kit included soil, fertilizer, seeds and containers. This project was made possible with a grant from the Conservation Corp of NL and in partnership with the Western Environment Center that provided a video on “How to Container Garden”.
Integrated Municipal Sustainability Plan (IMSP)
At a meeting of the Youth Advisory Committee on June 8th, 2021 the Committee had the opportunity to meet with a consultant from Upland Planning + Design Studio who have been contracted to review and update the City’s IMSP. The CBYAC provided a youth perspective on what they would like to see in a plan for the future growth and development of the City.
For more information about the Corner Brook Youth Advisory Committee contact Jessica Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
For media inquiries related to the Youth Advisory Committee please contact Communications Officer Ryan Butt: email@example.com