Eighteen young British Columbians will have the opportunity to shape the policies and priorities of the Government of British Columbia as part of the first StrongerBC Young Leaders Council.
The council members include high school and post-secondary students, and workers who are passionate about a variety of issues, such as the environment, the economy, education and affordability. Members range in age from 15 to 23 and represent the diversity and vast geography of the province.
“The StrongerBC Young Leaders Council gives the next generation of leaders the opportunity to work directly with government on the issues that matter most to them, from tackling climate change to building a more equitable future for all,” said Premier John Horgan. “I want to thank everyone who took the time to apply. The future of our province is in great hands.”
Council members are appointed for a one-year term with the option to remain on the council for as long as three terms. More than 250 applications were received from youths throughout the province.
“I’m truly impressed with the range of life experiences, education, skills and accomplishments these young people are bringing to the table. Youth in our province have been advocating strongly on issues such as mental health, food programs, anti-racism, the environment and much more,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “These young leaders will now have a platform to further share their ideas and that of their communities to help us build an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy that works for all British Columbians now and into the future.”
The council will be chaired by Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston and the premier’s special adviser on youth. The council will focus on identifying and providing advice to government on issues that matter most to young people.
“I am thrilled to get to work with our council members on how we can make life better for young people across the province,” said Anderson. “Our first council members represent the most socially active and community-minded young people in our province, and I know their work will make our province a better place for everyone.”
The first meeting of the council will take place in spring 2022. Regular meetings will take place in person or online as often as four times each year.
The StrongerBC Young Leaders Council supports the B.C. government’s commitment to an inclusive, innovative and sustainable economic recovery for everyone who lives in B.C.
Find out more about the StrongerBC Young Leaders Council:
Biographies of council members:
A backgrounder follows.