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Moncton’s Youth and Seniors Advisory Committees report to City Council

May 21, 2013

MONCTON – At tonight’s regular Council meeting, both the Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee presented their reports. The committees highlighted a number of initiatives found in each their respective reports. Both the Youth and Seniors’ committees met after tonight’s Council meeting to discuss topics of mutual interest.

“These committees provide an important link between our youth and senior communities, and City Council,” said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. “They provide advice and input into their concerns and priorities, and help make our community more responsive and accessible to their needs and interests.”

During the Seniors Committee annual update, a number of initiatives and projects were highlighted, including the continued success of the Senior-Friendly Business initiative, which now has approximately 20 certified “senior friendly” businesses. The Committee also provided feedback on various community initiatives, which include hosting a Seniors Symposium on March 21, 2012 to hear directly from seniors what is important to them, in terms of the services the City offers. The Committee also collaborated with City Council in 2012 to establish the Moncton Lions Community Centre into a dedicated senior’s centre, which came into effect in January 2013.

Members of the Youth Committee then gave a report on the City’s 2013 edition of YouthFest. The event was held at Moncton City Hall on Thursday, April 11, 2013 and saw approximately 90 students from all four Moncton area high schools taking part.

After a successful trial run in 2012, the 2013 edition of YouthFest saw participants involved in a mock mayoral election, followed by a mock council meeting.

Four students ran for Mayor for a day, while two members from each of the four area schools and two members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee were pre-selected to be councillors. From there, students debated issues ranging from the installation of bike lane on Elmwood Drive to fracking near the Turtle Creek watershed.

Many of the members of the Youth Committee will be graduating this year. The City wishes all those graduates much success in their future endeavors. Current students are encouraged to apply for next year’s committee. Applications for the Youth Committee are found online at moncton.ca.

More information, including a copy of the report and presentation, are available on moncton.ca.

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André Cormier
Corporate Communications
City of Moncton

Nicole O. Melanson
Corporate Communications
City of Moncton