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CKY Advisory Group

The Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People (aged 15-39) - CKY Advisory Group gathers and shares the voice of young people in CK. 

The CKY Advisory Group was created in 2018 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 Group facilitates discussions amongst young people and provides feedback to Municipal administration, Council, and community organizations on matters that impact the attraction, retention, and engagement of young people locally. Read the CKY Advisory Group Terms of Reference for more information on how the Group works, and check out the CKY Advisory Group 2018-2022 Review infographic to see what they have been up to since they got started.

Follow the activities of the CKY Advisory Group here and over social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. See the latest CKY meeting minutes from December 2023February 2024, and April 2024 to learn what the Advisory Group is focusing on. To speak with a member of the CKY Advisory Group, and share your thoughts and opinions, email

CKY Advisory Group Members

Spencer Stinson Jason Brown

Jason Brown - Chatham

I was born and raised in Chatham before moving away to post-secondary in the Niagara Region in 2012 and moving to Ottawa in 2016. In 2021, I moved back to Chatham-Kent permanently to be closer to family and friends and build a life in the community that gave me so much growing up. I am pursuing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology to become a counsellor and work as the Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator at Chatham-Kent Victim Services. Having lived in a few places, the thing that stands out for Chatham-Kent is our incredible sense of community. I look forward to working with other young people to improve our community.

Megan Siddall

Megan Siddall, Co-Chair - Dresden

I was born and raised in Bothwell, and after completing my undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology at Western University I returned to CK and now reside in the Dresden area. Currently, I am a Program Manager with Junior Achievement (JA) South Western Ontario, a local not-for-profit that provides programming and events to students across the region in topics of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. I am working towards completing my not-for-profit management certificate with Western University and am a Director for the United Way of Chatham-Kent's board. The community of Chatham-Kent holds a strong place in my heart and I hope to help advocate for the youth across our Municipality while also showcasing all that CK has to offer.

Megan Siddall

Olivia Jones, Co-Chair - Chatham

I was born and raised in Chatham then moved away for 7 years to pursue an education in Kinesiology. In November of 2019, I made my way back to CK which I am proud to call home once again. What I appreciate the most about Chatham is how our population size allows for it to feel like a close community. I like being able to go to a store, a restaurant, or a festival with a high chance of connecting with someone I know. I have a passion for making improvements in sport & recreation within the communities of Chatham-Kent. My dream would be to see Chatham open the ultimate recreation complex that allows for different types of sports, exercise, and physical activity for all ages. 

Kaitlyn Smoke

Kaitlyn Smoke - Pain Court

I was born and raised in Pain Court and returned after completing my Bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Language Studies at Glendon College, York University in Toronto. I have always had a passion for being involved in my community, through various clubs, initiatives and experiences. Having a sister with multiple complex needs, I have always been a strong advocate for those with special needs, by volunteering with organizations such as the Children's Treatment Centre of C-K and spearheading fundraising initiatives such as Let's Take AACtion. Chatham-Kent is an incredibly supportive and tight-knit community, and I look forward to helping CK continue to be better as part of CKY. Everyone deserves a voice, and every voice deserves to be heard. I hope to help youth feel that their ideas and opinions are heard and validated for the future of our community.

Laura Wheeler

Laura Wheeler - Ridgetown

I was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. After moving away to receive my post-secondary education, my partner and I started our lives together in the Niagara Region. A few years in, we knew that we dreamt of living somewhere that felt more like home. We made some career changes, allowing us to move back to CK and settle in Ridgetown - a place that is known for its town camaraderie. I joined CKY as a way to connect with those across the municipality. Over the years, this group has helped showcase the unique pieces that each corner of our region has to offer. I am excited to continue to work to highlight the voices of young people across Chatham-Kent.

Saysha Michiels

Saysha Michiels - Chatham

Hi, I am Saysha. I'm a sales associate for Len's Mill store in Chatham where I act as Health & Safety lead as well as part of their creative team. I am educated in the arts as well as cultural diversity and comparative religions. I've lived in Chatham my entire life and one of my personal goals is to see continued growth in what this community has to offer for young artists.

Spencer Stinson

Spencer Stinson - Blenheim

My wife and I settled in Blenheim in 2015 and are now joined by two busy boys. 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 our family usually enjoying the outdoors somewhere.