Two youth from West Kootenay have been appointed to the StrongerBC Young Leaders Council and will provide direct and ongoing feedback to the government on priorities and guidelines that are important to the youth.
Aur Hager (18) from Castlegar and Maya Provencal (23) from Rossland were appointed to the 18-member council. The founding council received more than 250 applications.
“Young people have so much to offer when it comes to how we’re doing as a province,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. âAnd it’s so important that these voices represent each region. The Kootenays are in good hands with Aur and Maya. Congratulations to you both.”
Passionate about the environment, Hager studies engineering with the hope of having a direct impact on communities by helping develop solutions to the climate crisis. Hager values ââvolunteering as a way to make the world a better place and has helped pave the way for a peer mentorship program for high schools to foster a stronger sense of community.
Provencal’s interests include rural development and environmental communication. She is completing a Master of Arts in Community Development from the University of Victoria. She is a climate justice organizer and advocate and is employed by the West Kootenay EcoSociety.
âMy generation will inherit a world that is in multiple crises. We’re a generation born into the climate crisis, we’re pandemic graduates, we’re underemployed, our homes are unsafe and many of us are drowning in student debt, âProvencal said.
âBut we are also a generation that was raised to be resilient. We are pioneers in inclusivity. We are highly qualified, motivated and committed to our communities. We deserved a seat at the table. I am honored to be selected for the StrongerBC Young Leaders Council and I am proud of our province, which has created space for youth in government. I look forward to productive discussions about how we can bring about sustainable change in our communities. “
The council is chaired by Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson, the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Youth. You will discuss topics that are most important to young people in areas such as education, employment, income, mental health and the environment. Issues related to the Kootenay region are also brought to the council table.
“I look forward to working with these remarkable young people to learn firsthand what is needed at Kootenay to improve their lives and opportunities,” said Anderson. âThese young leaders represent some of the most communal young people in our province. Your contribution will make a difference for your peers and communities now and for generations to come. “
Council members have a one-year term with the option of serving on the council for up to three years. The first meeting is planned for spring 2022 and will take place quarterly.