Being a part of the Youth Advisory Committee this past year has truly been eye-opening. I have loved being able to talk with like-minded people and hear all of their opinions. This experience has truly been able to help my awareness of modern day issues and different perspectives that abound. I am very proud of what our group has been able to accomplish, and can not wait to see what the future holds. I will forever be grateful for the experiences and opportunities I have gained this past year."
These partnerships have made the Seniors lives more eventful and thus are helping to keep their minds and bodies active while reducing social and physical isolation amongst the seniors of Marathon and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg. Mitchel has continued his effect to provide services to the community of Marathon through his employment at the Marathon Public Library. Mitchel has organized a countless number of events and programs at the Marathon Public Library that have attracted patrons of all ages. These programs have provided opportunities to patrons who do not share an interest in the town’s sports teams/clubs. Mitchel has also been appointed to MP Patty Hajdu’s Constituency Youth Council as a representative of the Thunder Bay-Superior North District. Mitchel is a very active member with the community and has continually strived to better the lives of those around him.
Alexis is a recent high school graduate and aspires to become a genetic counsellor to help others like herself living with life-threatening rare genetic disorders. She is also highly active in her community and is a passionate patient advocate for the rare disease community, advocate for diversity and inclusion, a published writer, and a world traveller. In her spare time, in addition to being an active member of the NYAC, she; volunteers with Girl Guides as a Link Member and Trainer Candidate (she has been a member of the organization for 13 years and is the recipient of the National Fortitude Award, National Girl Greatness Award for Courage, and the Chief Commissioner’s Gold Award), is the Minister of Education with the TUXIS Youth Parliament of Alberta, volunteers with the Students Commission of Canada, is a member of the Transparency Project with the RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee Alumni, and volunteers at her local Humane Society.
As a Youth Accessibility Leader through the Enabling Accessibility Fund with the Government of Canada, she successfully created a project and lead a grant application that was completed in August 2020 to install ultraviolet light-blocking film on the windows of the G.H. Dawe Pool in Red Deer to make the pool accessible to those living with sun sensitivity disorders. One fun fact is that Alexis has visited all 3 northern territories, enjoying camping under the midnight sun in the Yukon, dogsledding and Northern Light viewing in the Northwest Territories, and visiting the Arctic Ocean above the arctic circle in Nunavut.
In 2020, the NYAC worked together to create these three posters addressing important youth relationship topics. The posters will be sent to select schools across Canada and shared on PREVNet’s social media accounts.
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