Youth Councillors Going Places

​I was delighted to recently see the wonderful accomplishments achieved by our local youth in the end of year school prize givings around the district. It’s always wonderful to see our young people doing so well and having their efforts recognised, and I’d like to congratulate them all on a job well done.

In particular, I note that a number of past and present Ashburton Youth Councillors (AYC) were amongst the recipients of some outstanding awards, which – coupled with a variety of other extracurricular achievements made throughout the year, really demonstrates the positive direction this special youth committee sets its members along.

At Mt Hutt College, I was thrilled to see 2017 Youth Councillor, Alisa Ikenaga awarded the Rotary Club of Ashburton and Philip Wareing Ltd Cup Dux. She also won Excellence in Art and Media Studies (Distance Learning). Also from Mt Hutt, current AYC member, Hine Wairepo received the Zonta Community Service Award and Methven Masonic Lodge Good Citizenship Award.

From Ashburton College, Chriza Cayanan was named Dux, and her fellow Youth Councillor (and one of the AYC Co-Chairs) Artem Kravchenko was proxime accessit dux. Earlier this year, Artem won the Andrew Falloon MP Supreme Youth for Ashburton Award at the YMCA Canterbury Youth Awards.

Also outside of school achievements, I was proud to see AYC member Jessica Timmo announced as MP Jo Luxton’s Youth MP to take part in the Youth Parliament programme that happens once every three years. Youth Parliament is an opportunity for young people to learn first-hand about New Zealand’s democracy and to influence decision-making. Jessica will be heading to Wellington in July 2019 to take part in the programme.

All of these outstanding efforts demonstrate the determination and community-mindedness of the people who at some stage have called themselves Ashburton Youth Councillors. It shows how beneficial it is for young people to commit themselves to a group of likeminded individuals working to make our district an even better place for young people to live in.

You are surrounded by people who want to see you do your best, and who provide you with opportunities to develop your skills, work on activities or projects that you’re passionate about, and make a real difference in our community. In this setting, you learn invaluable lessons that can be transferred to other areas of your life, such as time management, team work, diplomacy and problem-solving, and the importance of always trying your best.

AYC are currently seeking members to join their team for 2019. If you’re a young person aged 15 to 24 (you don’t need to be at school to be a member), or you know someone who you think would be an excellent addition to the team, please get an application in by Friday 21 December, 2018. Signing up for this fantastic group who brought us Bite Nite 2.0, raised donations for local youth charities and provided a voice for young people in our district this year could be the initiative that helps drive your thirst to achieve and excel.

Application forms are available on the Council website ashburtondc.govt.nz/AYC

Thank you to the 2018 term of Ashburton Youth Councillors. You’ve been outstanding and our community has been well served. ​

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