Williams Lake high school students interested in offering their ideas for Williams Lake and learning about local government are invited to apply to serve on Williams Lake Junior Council for the 2014-2015 term.
The Junior Council is a group of high school students from Grades 10-12 that suggest ideas that could enhance life for youth in our city. Junior Council members are appointed by City Council and provide a youth voice to decisions made by the city. It is an opportunity to learn about and participate in the process of local government.
Each year Junior Council sets learning goals and then chooses one or more projects to work on. Junior Council receives group facilitator and leadership training, an orientation to city operations, and participates in Council committee meetings. Over the past year they have participated in International Women’s Day, judged the regional Diversity Logo contest, hosted a volunteer fair for youth, organized Pay It Forward Day, learned about logo design and created a Junior Council logo, and helped out with the City Birthday Party.
“We get a lot of requests for Junior Council to get involved in community events and activities,” says Anne Burrill, who provides staff support to the group. “This year with the municipal election there will be opportunities to learn about that process as well.”
“City Council has been impressed by the enthusiasm and ideas of our Junior Councils,” says Mayor Kerry Cook. “I encourage anyone with an interest in local government with ideas to share to apply. We’re looking forward to the next Junior Council term!”
Those interested are asked to submit an application explaining why you are interested and why you think you would be a good choice for Junior Council. Include your name, address, phone number, school, and grade (Sept. 2014). Send your letter by August 15 to:
Junior Council Applications
City of Williams Lake
450 Mart Street
Williams Lake, BC
Applications can also be dropped off at City Hall. Application forms are available at City Hall, school offices, from a current Junior Council member or on the City website: www.williamslake.ca.