Shout out to YACC
Councillors Irek Kusmierczyk and Bill Marra have taken on six student “advisors” who attend council, committee and board meetings, write reports on issues and even vote on recommendations. They converse with Kusmierczyk and Marra via Google Docs during meetings and meet after to talk about what happened.
“That’s been really exciting,” Kusmierczyk said, “to see just how engaged and inquisitive and smart students are about issues.”
He’s curious to see how the young people will vote compared to councillors.
He’d like all 10 councillors to take on students.
“It has the potential to introduce a lot of young people to the inner workings of municipal council.”
Five of the six youths are women. Kusmierczyk pitched the idea to WESucceed, a federal government program that encourages women to enter fields where they’re under-represented, like science, math, engineering and government. Only 26 per cent of municipal councillors in Canada are women; only 16 per cent of mayors are women.
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