Youth Advisory Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
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The Youth Advisory Council welcomes your input. If you have an issue or suggestion that you would like the Youth Advisory Council to discuss, please email one of the Committee Members addressing your suggestion or concern.
If you are interested in volunteering with one of our activities, please contact the City of Quinte West Recreation, Community & Marketing Coordinator.
History of the Quinte West Youth Advisory Council
In 2006, the Ontario Consortium on Youth and Recreation developed National Youth Week, an opportunity to celebrate youth across Canada and their involvement in their community and their accomplishments. They brought the proposal to the Canadian Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA) at their annual general meeting in 2006, where it was passed unanimously. The official declaration stated that very year, May 1st-7th would be recognized as National Youth Week.
For the inaugural year in 2007, Recreation Coordinator Teressa Cormier of the City of Quinte West brought together a committee of individuals known as the Youth Network Committee to work on a project for National Youth Week. Representation from Youth Hab, Hastings & Prince Edward Mental Health Services, community groups, Trenton High School, and St. Paul Catholic Secondary School served on this committee. There were also student representatives from both schools on the committee, who acted as advisors for the project.
The end result of months of planning was a Guitar Hero Tournament held on Saturday, May 4th, 2007 for the youth residents of the Trenton Ward. The event brought a large crowd and members from local service agencies set up information booths for the youth. Mayor John Williams played the first game of Mississippi Queen against a youth representative.
In the weeks leading up to the tournament, Mayor Williams spoke to the youth involved with the event about starting a Youth Council for Quinte West. Although there was initial interest, the project never came to fruition. The Prince Edward County Youth Advisory Committee and the Northumberland Youth Advisory Council had already been active since 2005.
In May 2009, a press conference was held by Mayor Williams about Volunteer & Information Quinte's "Change the World" week. The goal of the week was for youth to contribute 3-4 hours of community service to celebrate volunteerism, which commenced with the Trash Bash held that day. Local dignitaries and students from local high schools were present for the announcement. After the conference, Joseph Murphy spoke to Mayor Williams about co-operative education opportunities at City Hall. Mayor Williams replied by stating that he would like to see an active Youth Committee in Quinte West, and that the student could work on that project.
In September 2009, Joseph Murphy started at City Hall as the Youth Liaison Officer and contacted local high schools with the goal of recruiting members. With the aid of Marilynne Senese, Jackie Powell, Tim Dostaler, Jane Nickerson, and Elaine Constant, 12 students were nominated from the four high schools located in Quinte West to serve on the inaugural council.
In the research phase, Murphy looked at the NYAC and the PECYAC, in addition to the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee of Mississauga for examples of working groups. Jamie Simmons from the NYAC provided helpful information for the formation of the group, as did Sue Gauthier and Ron Riddell of the YMCA. Murphy worked with Teressa Cormier, Cathie Usborne, CAO Gary Dyke, and Mayor Williams on preparing the details for the starting of the Youth Advisory Council.
At the October 19th meeting of City Council, Murphy made a presentation to Council asking them to implement a Youth Advisory Council for the City of Quinte West. The motion was made by Councilor Paul Kyte, seconded by Councilor Terry Cassidy. The Council voted unanimously in favour of the motion.
An information session was held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at City Hall for the nominated students. Murphy explained that their role on the inaugural council was to establish the goals, objectives, and logistics of the YAC for future generations.
The first official meeting of the Quinte West Youth Advisory Council was held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at City Hall.