We almost managed to get everyone in the same room, but not quite. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, here are your Christchurch Youth Council Executive Committee for 2015:
Alice Ridley (Chairperson)
Kaitlyn White (Deputy Chairperson)
James Adams (Secretary)
Charlotte Ross (Treasurer)
Our Executive Committee will joined in their work by a number of members (we currently have 13 Members at the moment!) who will assist on various projects throughout the year. We're totally thrilled to have their support and it means everything to know that CYC is growing bigger through their involvement.
At that AGM, we also debuted our Annual Report 2014. After a mad rush around town getting it printed on the day of our meeting, we ended up with a pretty plush end product thanks to CQ in Addington.Telling the story of our year, it was a collaboration between all of the Youth Councillors, with a bit of stitching help from our employee. We're stoked that it's already been used as a template by Waimak Youth Council, and we've picked up some useful ideas from the way they interpreted it for their own purposes! You can read the electronic copy of our Annual Report 2014 here!
YC's Alison and Hamish (before leaving us...sob!) travelled to the North Island on 16th-19th November to do some serious thinking about local government at the LocalNZ workshop.
In collaboration with other young people aged 18-25, their work culminated in a presentation given at Parliament (Hamish is at 22:10 and Alison is at 26:50) and the creation of a rather pretty-looking report which is available online now at:
It's always sad to see people leave us, but moving on is all a part of growing and developing. So it was with heavy but supportive hearts that we said goodbye to Youth Councillors Michael Chim, Rose Oakley, Secretary Wil Undy and Chairperson Hamish Keown at our December AGM.
Michael, your quest for CYC pens will go on into 2015. Rose, your unerring enthusiasm and ability to offer useful insights will serve you very well. Wil, no one puts together minutes like you, and your ever-cheerful approach can only bring you wins as you head into uni life. Hamish...what would CYC be like without you? Well, we'll have to find out, but safe to say, you've left a permanent mark on the Youth Council landscape in New Zealand and as a young changemaker, there are few more humble.
You've all achieved so much and we're going to miss you heaps. Thank you, and stay in touch through the new alumni network!
Christchurch Youth Council finally made it onto the airwaves, just as 2014 drew to a close. In a half hour session speaking remotely to a presenter in Wellington (or was it Auckland?), newly-crowned Chairperson Alice Ridley, Deputy Chair Kaitlyn White and long-standing Executive Member Alison Faulls discussed, in honest fashion, what they felt life was like for young people in Rebuild Chch. Check it out!
Our thanks to Megan Whelan and all at Radio New Zealand for letting us be part of the Summer Panel series, it was a blast!
You can keep up to date with what we're doing for young people in Christchurch here. Join in the conversation!