Youth Advisory Council 2018
Our Change Makers
The R4I YAC team is comprised of youth from across the province dedicated to inclusion and community building. They meet regularly to share ideas toward initiatives within the movement, ranging from workshops to our upcoming 10 year anniversary’s R4I Leadership Summit to take place in King City March 2019. This ambitious bunch is always sprouting new ideas, so stay tuned with the page to stay in the loop!
From left to right: Morgan, Eva, Jesse, Abbie, Nick, Gavin (Absent from photo Cameron, Olivia and Ashlyn)
Our 2018 Goals
amplify youth voice and ideas through different platforms.
Promote inclusion on various levels among the self, family, school, and community.
Plan and coordinate r4i’s 10 year anniversary leadership summit for youth across ontario.
initiate change to better the community through projects, discussions, and events.
Recap: July YAC Meeting
On July 7 and 8, members of Re
The committee grounded the discussion in an examination of the network of young people and their adult allies. They discussed the overarching values and principles that have sparked momentum in the movement, the hurdles of being a young community builder and what has been learned over the last decade. From there, the group thought deeper about how the work of youth engagement has impacted individuals, their families, communities, and schools to inspire a more comprehensive outlook on what Re
In particular, committee members spoke to the importance of the community that is felt within the movement’s network. Morgan, a committee member for several years, spoke to her own experience and the empowerment she has felt by meeting other young people who also have a sibling who has a disability. She said that,
“It’s so empowering to talk to someone who knows what it is like to be me on an average day because they share that same experience.”
Going forward, the committee agreed that there needs to be a greater focus on providing opportunities for youth to network provincially and support each other’s individual efforts to build community.
This meeting marked an instrumental step in establishing the framework for the means in which both youth and adult allies can do so with great confidence and support from the Community Living Movement.
Youth Advisory Council Members 2018
Cameron Lives in: St.Marys, ON
“I hope to contribute my perspective on the education system to the movement. My vision for the movement this year is raising more awareness of inclusion in schools because it is a big issue for most people who need extra assistance in this province.”
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.”
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.”
Nick Lives in: Windsor, ON
“In an ever changing and complex world we have constructed a society that revolves around one simple concept: time. At birth we are all given a certain amount, but it is up to the individual to decide in what way they are going to spend it. Since I was young I have always believed in the philosophy of investment. The idea that what you put into life is what you are going to get out of it – not strictly in monetary sense but instead one of gratitude, friendship and solidarity. This year I want to invest my time in a world of inclusion and solidarity.”
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.”
Gavin Lives in: Port Dover, ON
“I hope to contribute not only positivity but the tools to further diversify and improve an already fantastic organization. My vision for the movement this year stems from the hope of diversifying our definition of equity and just be able to support and connect with an even larger base of people.”
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.”