Macnair seeks council seat to represent youth

The youngest person to declare her intent to run for Williams Lake city council said most people feel they cannot make a difference.

The youngest person to declare her intent to run for Williams Lake city council said most people of her generation feel they cannot make a difference.

“During my campaign I will be letting my peers know that it’s at the municipal level you actually can have an impact,” 23-year-old Bobbie-Jo Macnair told the Tribune Monday as she declared her intention to run. “It’s so important that young people get out there and vote.”

She is also committed to reaching out to young families around the province to share  information on the many good reasons to live in Williams Lake.

For the last two years Macnair has been working at a local social service agency, focusing on working with youth to improve their lives.

Through work she’s realized there’s a need for strong leadership when it comes to serving youth, she said.

“I am out in the community a lot.”

Macnair grew up in Williams Lake, graduated from Columneetza Secondary School and attended Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus where she studied political science and Canadian politics.

And while she doesn’t have any political experience she has heard many people want more transparency from city hall.

“A lot of people are unhappy with the way things are going and I think as a citizen and a taxpayer we should be able to know what’s going on.”

Through the last few months she has attended city council meetings regularly to see first hand how they work. As a young girl and teen she figure skated and has been active with the Williams Lake Studio Theatre, acting in local productions.