The Arran-Elderslie Youth Council is made possible through the combined efforts of our team, our partners and our volunteers.

Who is the Arran-Elderslie Youth Council and what are our goals

The Arran-Elderslie Youth Council is a volunteer opportunity provided by the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie, and Trinity Theatre. It consists of youth advocating on behalf of all youth in the Arran-Elderslie community. 

The Arran-Elderslie Municipal Council may ask the Youth Council to advise on issues pertaining to youth. Additionally, service groups/clubs may ask for Youth Council’s input on projects. There is also the opportunity for the Youth Council to take on larger advocacy issues within the region. 

The Youth Council works on community projects that they are passionate about. The Youth Council also works to promote volunteer opportunities for youth that are available in the area through local community groups.  

Additionally, the Youth Council works to communicate with the larger community through monthly updates published through the local newspaper and newsletter, posts on the @ArranElderlsieYouth Facebook and Instagram page, and a yearly report to the Arran-Elderslie Municipal Council. 

Members of the Youth Council experience a number of benefits including exposure to local careers and municipal government, youth job opportunities, learning and skill building opportunities, and more, all while gaining volunteer hours. 

The Arran-Elderslie Youth Council

Erika (she/her)

Hi everyone, my name is Erika and I am a member of the Arran-Elderslie Youth Council. I joined the youth council because I wanted to be able to share my voice along with other youth. one thing I’m excited to do I become more involved in the community. An initiative that I was involved in was the Arran-Elderslie Festival of Lights. I go to high school at OSDSS, and live on a dairy farm. In 2016-17 I was Arran-Tara’s Jr. Ambassador. Some things I like are taking photographs of nature, rugby, and showing dairy cattle in 4-H.

Ruby (she/her/they/them)

Hi all, I’m Ruby and I am originally from Calgary, Alberta. When I was 10 I moved to Toronto and when COVID hit, my family thought about the important things in life. We came to visit Port Elgin and we stopped for lunch at Bonfire On Queens and fell in love with the little rural town Paisley. 

I have always wanted to be apart of the community, although that was hard in Toronto. When I found out that there was an opportunity – or option really – to get involved, I was in. 

I have never been happier with my involvement with the Youth Council Group and I’ve never been happier in this community. I’m so grateful to be apart of it.

Fianna (she/they)

Hi everyone! I’m Fianna (she/they), a proud member of the Arran-Elderslie Youth Council. When I’m not helping out on initiatives around the community– especially in Tara, where I live– you can usually find me hiding behind a computer desk, happily writing. My preferred genres are dark fantasy or horror, and I’m a particular fan of Neil Gaiman– “Neverwhere” is my favourite book. Right now my main initiative with the Youth Council is collaborating with the Arran-Elderslie branches of the Bruce County Library to promote their assets (and more that’s still unannounced–stay tuned!), and I’m very excited to see where we can take things. Helping out in the community is a passion of mine, and I really do value the opportunity and platform to do so given to me by the Youth Council. Fun fact about me: I’m an aspiring medical student, so I’m taking a Harvard musculoskeletal anatomy course at the moment! Doing school from home freed up a lot of time; I usually attend SDSS. When I’m not busy keeping up my grades and doing piles of homework, I’m either rewatching Supernatural or watching my newest favourite, Criminal Minds.

Avery (she/her)

 Hi my name is Avery and I am a member of the Arran-Elderslie Youth Council. I joined the Youth Council to become more involved in my community. When I’m not working with the Youth Council or at school (CDCS), you can find me reading a book or riding horses at the barn, I have been riding horses for 6 years and it is a true passion of mine. On the Youth Council I am currently working on a speeding initiative in which we are trying to get drivers to slow down to make the roads safer for our community. I chose this initiative because I live on a busy street in Chesley and with speeding cars it can be hard to cross the street. Fun fact- I also have 2 older siblings and 2 nieces!

Emily (she/her)

 Hi, my name is Emily. I’m in Grade 8 and attend Chesley District Community School. Before Covid, I kept myself busy playing soccer, volleyball, competitive cheerleading, track and field, cross country, and curling. I joined the Youth Council because I thought it was a cool opportunity and way to be more involved in my community. I’m currently working with a group on the Speeding Initiative and look forward to participating in future events.