Matt DeCourcey

Your member of parliament for


Fredericton

Matt DeCourcey

Your member of parliament for


Fredericton

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Meet the 2017-18 FCYC

Name: Ady King
Place of birth: Fredericton, NB
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Grade 11 at École Sainte-Anne

“To me, youth engagement is actively becoming an involved and knowledgeable member of society and contributing through sharing my thoughts and opinions as well as taking action”

Name : Ashley Long
Place of birth: Halifax Nova Scotia
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Grade 12 at Leo Hayes High School

“Youth engagement is about listening to the views of young people when developing Government programs and services. It is about innovating with our youth rather than simply for our youth”

Name: Camelle Currie
Place of birth: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Sophomore at Fredericton High School

“Youth engagement is the result of giving youth the opportunity to change the world. It means youth getting involved in their communities and advocating for issues that really matter. It means having an active role in the decision making process rather than having the decision made for us”

Name: Chandler Doiron
Place of birth: Saint John, NB
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Currently out of school, pursuing entrepreneurial goals. Refinishes furniture and is hoping to someday open a store.

“Youth engagement is what it sounds like. The engagement of youth. To engage and interact with youth, to encourage them to participate”

Name: Charlie Hanscomb
Place of birth: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Fredericton High School

“I think that youth engagement is one of the most important issues facing our nation right now. Because in a modern democracy news happens about our country very quickly and to be able to form our opinions on topics we need to be informed on what those topics are and what are the sides of the debate. As youth our the future of this nation we need to be informed to shape the nation the way we want”

Name: Chelsey Marr
Place of birth: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Grade 11 french immersion at Leo Hayes High School

“Personally, I believe that youth engagement is the next generation coming together as a group to form a brighter future; taking their innovative and intelligent ideas and making them a reality”

Name : Devyani Ambwani
Place of birth: Ottawa, ON
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Studying Chemical Engineering at UNB

“To me, youth engagement in politics is an avenue for youth to bring a fresh, new perspective to current issues. It is an opportunity for them to change the current scene with the skills and abilities that make them unique”

Name: Dhanishta Ambwani
Place of birth: Montreal, QC
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Grade 10 at Leo Hayes High School

“To me, youth engagement is about empowering young people to create change regarding issues they are passionate about”

Name: Drash Varma
Place of birth: India
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Grade 8 (French Emersion) at Bliss Carman Middle School

“To me youth engagements are when young people are showing the right attitude and always ready to learn something new, which would the best for the community, society, country and the whole world. In addition, young people come together and shows their responsibility to help/support the community and to do better for the citizens and country”

Name: Erin Sisk
Place of birth: Nanjing, China
Current residence: New Maryland, NB
Occupation/Studies: Grade 12 at Fredericton High School

“Youth engagement means inspiring and encouraging youth to make a change. Not necessarily a big one but even a simple small one that will impact just one other person. Success of making a change is based on reaching your academic and personal goals”

Name: Gracie Gottschalk
Place of birth: Fredericton, NB
Current residence: Oromocto, NB
Occupation/Studies: University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Arts

“For me, youth engagement involves giving back to your community. Volunteering your time allows you to develop your personal potential and leadership skills. It’s about getting to have a voice in what happens in your community and see the political process in action. It’s about engaging your peers to help create positive change”

Name: Jenna Bertin
Place of birth: Bathurst, New Brunswick
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: 1st year of the Business Administration – Marketing program at NBCC.

“In my opinion, youth engagement is taking the responsibility to make change that will benefit us in the future. We discuss issues that affect us personally, and/or issues that are common within most youths of our community”

Name: Katie Beers
Place of birth: Lakeville, NB
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Graduated from UNB Fredericton in May 2017 and currently working full time as the Communications Coordinator for United Way Central NB and United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern NB

“Engagement is about providing everyone an equal opportunity to actively participate and advocate in their community. Decisions that affect everyone should be made by everyone”

Name: Katie Hamill
Place of birth: Fredericton, NB
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Master of Arts in International Development Studies with a special focus in Human Rights Education at Dalhousie University

“I am of the belief that when youth are engaged in their community they become more likely to continue this engagement into their adult years. Youth engagement accomplishes two significant things: it allows young people to become active members of their communities, and it ensures that the youth perspective is respected, understood and incorporated into decision making”

Name: Kayla Doody
Place of birth: Paradise, Newfoundland
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Currently in third year at St. Thomas University studying Human Rights and Political Science

“Youth engagement is about empowerment, participation and advocacy. It’s about recognizing the responsibility we all hold for creating positive, social change in our communities”

Name: Natasha Vatcher
Place of birth: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Current residence: Oromocto, NB
Occupation/Studies: Senior year at Oromocto High School

“It is imperative that our youth have a voice and an opportunity to make an impact on this country’s future. Youth engagement empowers young people to assist in affecting change and developing pathways for progress in their communities”

Name: Robert Jomphe
Place of birth: Charlottetown, PEI
Current residence: Hanwell, NB
Occupation/Studies: Grade 12 at École Sainte-Anne

“Youth engagement is a way of assuring the continuity of innovation and community development”

Name: Rose He
Place of birth: Fredericton, NB
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Sophomore at Fredericton High School

“Youth engagement is the active involvement of youth in all aspects in their community. It is preparing our future young leaders for the future and allowing them to make the decisions that will directly impact the world we live in today, and tomorrow”

Name: Wasiimah Joomun
Place of birth: Mauritius
Current residence: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Occupation/Studies: Psychology and Criminology at St. Thomas University

“To me, youth engagement is one of those significant factors that I consider is necessary in all aspects of life, be it social, educational, political, environmental. I strongly support the statement that today’s youngsters are tomorrow’s leaders. With the rapid and subsequent changes in today’s society and how youngsters easily and quickly adapt to those changes, having youth engage, come forward and speak their mind definitely contribute significantly in making changes and improvement in the community. As famously said by Hillary Clinton, ‘Young people are at the heart of today’s great strategic opportunities and challenges, from rebuilding the global economy to combatting violent extremism to building sustainable democracies.’”

Name: Trinity McIntyre
Place of birth: Fredericton, NB
Current residence: Oromocto, NB
Occupation/Studies: Grade 12 at Oromocto High School

“Youth engagement not only empowers future leaders, but also contributes to more well-rounded and effective problem-solving. It gives young people an opportunity to create the world they want to live in”

Name: Vanshika Khaitan
Place of birth: Kolkata, India
Current residence: Fredericton, NB
Occupation/Studies: Sophomore at Fredericton High School

“To me, youth engagement means to be a young citizen who is actively involved and apart of their society, to be engaged with the world that they live in and to have a positive impact and/or effect in their community”