The CK^y Advisory Group was created as a response to feedback from the Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People, 2017 Survey which revealed that only 22% of young people feel their contributions to Chatham-Kent are valued. The CK^y Advisory Group will facilitate discussions amongst young people and provide feedback to Municipal Council on matters that impact the attraction, retention, and engagement of young people locally, in order to help ensure young people's voices are heard. After opening applications to those aged 15 to 39, fourteen members have been selected from across Chatham-Kent to lead the CK^y Advisory Group. Follow the activities of the CK^y Advisory Group here and over social media using @LivingCK and #LivingCK on Facebook and Twitter.
To speak with a member of the CK^y Advisory Group, and share your thoughts and opinions, email CKy@chatham-kent.ca!
I settled just east of Blenheim with my wife in early 2015. I am originally from a small northern town near Kingston, Ontario, and the rural setting of Blenheim was appealing to me and my wife; who is originally from Chatham. In our spare time you'll find us enjoying the outdoors somewhere in CK. I think that the youth voice has been under-represented in CK in recent years and I would like to help change that. I am also interested in engaging with youth groups to relay the collective community voice to our elected representatives. CK^y is a small group, and we should be focused on hearing what the younger population in CK as whole has to say.
I was born and raised in Stratford, ON. Moved to Halifax, NS in 2002 to attended Dalhousie University before returning to London, ON in 2007 for graduate school at the University of Western Ontario. I moved to Chatham-Kent in 2014 to work for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as a Fisheries Biologist in Wheatley, ON. Since moving to Chatham-Kent in 2014, my wife and I have discovered a lot of CK's hidden gems and have seen CK's potential. My motivation for joining CK^y is to help promote this potential and make CK a great place to raise our children.
I am a first year social work student at the university of Windsor. I am interested in improving many aspects of society for teenage youth. I joined the CK^y Advisory Group because I recognized the importance of developing a strong community for youth. Youth today, are the leaders of tomorrow and they need to have a strong foundation today in order to succeed in the future. I believe that this committee has the potential to leave a positive impact on Chatham-Kent.
Jennifer H. (Chatham) is a partially sighted, autistic, and queer social activist. Upon moving to Chatham in 2018, she fell quickly in love with the charm, quiet, and friendliness of the community. Chatham has provided her a fresh start, a place of refuge and safety. Accordingly, she joined the CK to the Power of Young People Advisory Group to give back to the community which has already done so much for her. Embracing, welcoming, and celebrating diversity and inclusivity is incredibly important to her. She hopes for Chatham to be a place where people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and disabilities feel welcome, safe, and accepted. Having spoken at multiple disability conferences and written published academic work on accessibility, she also brings her personal, academic, and volunteer experience in disability advocacy and accessibility to the table.
In her spare time, she loves listening to all things audio (audio books, radio plays, and fiction podcasts), going for walks with her guide dog, and playing pretend in radio dramas. Currently, she is most excited to voice Maggie in Magpie Podcast, a mystery/horror audio show coming to SoundCloud in Spring 2019.
I came to Chatham in 2014 from China when I was 24. Starting completely new in this country and community to finish my degree, get a job, get married, and have kids was a huge challenge. I have struggled through the same problems as other young people have been through and I truly hope to contribute to make Chatham Kent a better place for young people to live. I believe that every single youth in this community could make a change if we come together work on the problems to make this community a better place for youth.
My name is Delaney Hart, and I've lived in Pain Court my entire life; all 17 years of it. I joined CK^y because I felt that I represented many voices that often are not heard at the municipal level: I am a young girl with an interest in politics, bilingual, and from a small rural community. Through this experience I hope to make this often overlooked voice heard all the while making Chatham-Kent a fulfilling and attractive community for young people to come back to.
I grew up in Ridgetown and moved back to the community in 2011 after living in Toronto and attending U of T. It was difficult to find a job when I moved back, so I started an Etsy Shop selling handmade wedding décor. From there, I got into event planning and turned it into a business. Presently, I am known for organizing events such as Etsy: Made in Canada and the Dresden Night Market. I also work part-time at 99.1FM as a reporter and afternoon news anchor. I joined the CK^y Advisory Group to help other young people discover the unique opportunities that exist in Chatham-Kent. I also hope to encourage people of all ages to move to the area to take advantage of our affordable cost of living and growing community.
My name is Emma King, maiden name Persyn. I was born and raised in Wallaceburg and am raising my family here as well. I recently joined CK^y as an opportunity to have open discussions about our fantastic community and possibly influence what comes next. I feel that it is very important to hear from community members as to what they actually want, and what would be beneficial to bring to our community. In joining CK^y I hope to network with the fantastic people who have also joined this group, meet other people who have the same high hopes for our community and successfully bring better things to all of the communities in Chatham-Kent!
I am a married mother of two who is about to enter my thirties. I have a diploma in the field of social service work which has given me skills I want to utilize with the Advisory Group. I've grown up on the streets of Wallaceburg and it's the town that holds my heart and my family. I am eager to see the changes that are on the rise!
I was born and raised in Wallaceburg and easily decided to make this community my home. I am a firm believer that Chatham-Kent is an excellent place to to Live, Learn, Work, and Play. My objective with CK^y is to continue promoting Chatham-Kent by contributing to the discussion on how to make sure the amazing opportunities that exist here are known by those who live here or are looking for a place to establish themselves. While living in Chatham-Kent, I completed both my Computer Programmer diploma from Lambton College, and Bachelor in Management and Organizational Studies at the University of Western Ontario. I have had the opportunity to work in the Information Technology field for various organizations and am currently employed as Chief Information Officer at Eternity's Touch. I also contribute to various boards and committees as a way of giving back to the community that has provided me with much to be proud of.
I graduated from the University of Windsor in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. I am currently a third year student at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. I have always had a desire to advocate and help people which is why my future career and this advisory group appealed to me. I plan to move back to Chatham-Kent upon graduation. I joined CK^y so that I would be able to get involved with an ongoing conversation regarding youth and their involvement in the community. I want to be able to act as a liaison for my small community of Wheatley within the larger community of Chatham-Kent. I hope that this advisory group will be able to promote and make Chatham-Kent a place in which people can be engaged and included within their community.