|||Kava Faoagali - Chairperson|
My name is Kavan Faoagali and I am the Chairperson for the 2020 Ashburton Youth Council. Originally from Auckland, I moved in December of 2017 and joined the AYC as a youth councillor in 2018. I joined AYC as I have a strong passion for politics and saw the Youth Council as a way to make a difference for Ashburton and its youth.
Maria Costas – Deputy Chairperson / Community Liaison
Hello! My name is Maria Costas and I am the Ashburton Youth Council’s Deputy Chairperson / Community Liaison for 2020. I was the AYC’s Secretary for 2019 and I found it the most growing and enjoyable role so here I am again back for round two! I am also part of the Ashburton Cadet Unit where I am currently a CDTSSGT. I am 17 and I attend Ashburton College where I am currently the Deputy Head Girl for 2020. I hope to attend university after high school to pursue a career in medicine and I am very excited for another wonderful year with the AYC team!
Neil Alombro - Secretary
He everyone! My name is Neil Alombro and I am the Secretary of the 2020 Ashburton Youth Council. I have various interests within the community being the Deputy Head Boy at Mount Hutt College in Methven, playing tennis and croquet, and being part of the large Filipino community in the Ashburton District. Next year, I’ll hopefully go to university into a Bachelor’s of Engineering degree with my interests at school being physics and maths.
I’ll be hoping that with our amazing team on the Youth Council we hold successful events for the youth in our district and make sure our voice is heard in all important aspects of our wide community.
|||Jestena Raj – Media Coordinator|
Hi I’m Jestena Raj and this is my first year in the Ashburton Youth Council. I am the Media Liaison for this year. Outside or the Youth Council I play netball and I’m into music, I also played the violin and was part of the Ashburton College orchestra for the last 4 years. I’m looking forward to having a good year with the AYC.
Youth Council Members
|||Michael Baker – Youth Councillor|
|||Klara Harrison – Youth Councillor|
I’m a 17 year old student currently studying Year 13 at Ashburton College. I am someone who enjoys various sports, travel, volunteer work with children, and spending time with friends and family. I also have a part time job as a lifeguard and swim tutor at Ea Networks Centre. 2020 is going to be a big year for me, having been selected for my school’s Green House Executive, and being offered a position on the Ashburton Youth Council.
As this is most likely my last year living in the district before I go to university to pursue a career in medicine, this is my year to make a change in Ashburton.
I believe I have many things to offer the Ashburton Community this year, especially a strong advocate voice for mental health, and what better way to do that then to be the youth voice communicating ideas straight to the council!
The Ashburton Youth Council currently meet on the first Wednesday of each month. To get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org