A push to include youth in civic affairs is coming from the city of Williams Lake thanks to its junior council.
Last week junior council members Tanner Nickel and Monica Rawlek brought a resolution to the committee of the whole asking for its approval.
It proposes the North Central Local Government Association and the Union of BC Municipalities establish a youth caucus that would provide an opportunity for youth to participate in sessions to engage youth in civic affairs and UBCM member municipalities be encouraged to establish youth councils in their communities.
Rawlek attended a Cities Fit For Children conference where she was able to meet youth from larger centres that have youth council structures, although they are not always attached to local government.
Mayor Cook told the youth it’s important for all people, especially youth, to realize their voice is important.
“You have a different perspective, and background that you bring, and anytime you have that opportunity to speak that out in a productive way is definitely adding and contributing.”
“I know even myself, sitting with the group has changed my perspective in the way we do things,” Coun. Geoff Bourdon said.
At its regular meeting Tuesday, council agreed the resolution should go to the NCGLA.