The first Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People, (aged 15-39) – CKy Advisory Group has been formed to gather and share the voice of young people.
The CKy Advisory Group was created by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Resident Attraction and Retention area as a response to 2017 CKy survey findings that showed only 22 per cent of young people feel their contributions to Chatham-Kent are valued.
After opening applications to those aged 15 to 39, 14 members have been selected from across Chatham-Kent to lead the CKy Advisory Group.
“As we continue our efforts to prepare Chatham-Kent for 2035 and beyond, it is exciting to have a group of young people ready and willing to provide input on how we can all work together to make Chatham-Kent and even better place to live,” Resident Attraction and Retention Co-ordinator Victoria Bodnar said in a media release.
The first CKy Advisory Group is made up of April Colby and Morgan Belleau representing Ward 1; Stephen Marklevitz and Spencer Stinson for Ward 2; Morena McDonald and Laura Wheeler for Ward 3; Delaney Hart and Ye Chen for Ward 4, Emma King and Eric VanDamme for Ward 5; and Colin Chrysler, Evan Rogers, Jennifer H. and Meg Lyttle-Catton for Ward 6.
The CKy Advisory Group will review existing reports on the feedback from Chatham-Kent young people, determine an ongoing engagement plan with young people across Chatham-Kent, decide on priority items, identify community partnership opportunities, and communicate with council.