Youth Advisory Council 2020-21
Our Change Makers
The RE:Action4Inclusion Youth Advisory Council is a provincial body of youth from across the province that informs the work of Community Living Ontario. This dedicated team provides recommendations and informs Community Living Ontario about the experience of youth in Ontario. This council meets quarterly to discuss and plan for opportunities to support young community builders to break down barriers to inclusion. This movement is a youth movement, led by youth. To learn more about this council’s priorities please explore this page!
From left to right: Morgan, Eva, Jesse, Abbie, Nick, Gavin (Absent from photo Cameron, Olivia and Ashlyn)
Our 2020-21 Goals
amplify youth voice and ideas
Empower young people by informing them about their rights to a quality education.
Preparing youth for employment and encourage inclusive hiring practices.
Break down the stigma of disability and reinforce positive images of young people.
Youth Advisory Council Members 2020-21
Abbie Lives in: Simcoe, ON
“The one thing that I am going to contribute to the Council is my passion advocating for others and myself. My vision for the Movement in the New Year is to create greater awareness about the Movement and continue to advocate for inclusion for all.I want Canada to be a more inclusive and positive country that listens to the voices of the youth as citizens.
Morgan Lives in: South Grenville, ON
“I wanted to join the youth advisory committee because I wanted to be part of the solution. Everyone deserves true inclusion but most people don’t experience it. I am fighting to change that. In this new year I hope to see Re:Action4Inclusion reach more youth and more schools. I hope to see more youth from Ottawa valley, where I’m from, getting involved and helping challenge the stigma around disabilities.”
Jesse Lives in: Bancroft, ON
“I want to be able to give ideas and help support community change. I can’t do it all but we can work together to make difference. I want to give everybody a chance to see what we can accomplish and make sure that everybody gets to show their strengths.”
Ashlyn Lives in: Flesherton, ON
“As a part of the Council, I hope to contribute my passion and motivation, and work to allow more youth to join the movement and find their voice in supporting an authentically inclusive province. I want to aid in supporting youth who wish to make positive changes like I do! I hope that in the new year the movement can become a second family and a support system for more youth like it has for me, and I hope that this year the movement can bring more awareness surrounding inclusion to smaller, more isolated communities.
I want Canada to be a country where all human beings are not only tolerated, but authentically included in a safe and comforting space. People living in Canada should feel a sense of community everywhere they go, and Canada needs to be a country that other regions look up to. In today’s world, Canada also needs to become a more sustainable and mindful country regarding the environment and the creatures that live within it.
Kelly Lives in: Port Sydney, ON
Hello my name is Kelly. I am a change for inclusion. I feel empowered to share my story. Everyone counts. I am proud about Re:Action4Inclusion. I am involved sharing an important message at Huntsville High school. So many good things to do! I prepared a photoboard and shared my story at SEAC. They loved it and I felt incredible! I am excited to join the Youth Advisory Committee.
Eva Lives in: Stratford, ON
“I support the mission, visions and value of Re:action4Inclusion because I believe it is important that everyone realizes that even though everyone is different, everyone has value and is equally important, no matter their appearance or abilities.”
Jeff Lives in: Almaguin Highlands, ON
“I have been working on leadership for a while but I want to take the next step forward. I want to inspire others to believe in themselves and their citizenship. I want Canada to be respected as a country because it is innovative in its approach to inclusion and diversity. I want Canadians not to judge people. Instead, I want people to respect one another.
Olivia Lives in: Cayuga, ON
“I hope to contribute the passion I have for the movement and work really hard to be a good member of the group. I want Canada to be an inclusive and free place for people to live all equally and not be judged for who they are. People should not have to worry about going about there day and worrying about what might happen and whether or not they will be included or excluded.
Duncan Lives in: Windsor, ON
In the future, I want Canada to be a country where young people who have an intellectual disability have a strong voice and a seat at decision-making tables. Today, young people aren’t heard and our voice sometimes gets swept under the rug. So today, we need people to recognize the experiences of others and to teach others how to to be an ally and listen. The true north where strong voices are heard and people are free to be themselves.