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

May 20, 2014

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 30 certified “senior friendly” businesses. .  They reviewed the results of the Seniors Needs Study and met with the Snow Removal Committee and staff regarding snow and ice control, worked with the Communications Department on ensuring automated telephone system is easy for seniors to navigate and sent copies of the report to various cultural agencies and provided them with guidance on how best to promote their events amongst seniors.  Copies of the report were also sent to other levels of government to make them aware of issues pertaining to provincial and federal programs.

Members of the Youth Committee then gave a report on the City’s 2014 edition of YouthFest. The event was held at Moncton City Hall on Tuesday, May 6th and saw approximately 50 students from all four Moncton area high schools taking part.

Once again, YouthFest saw participants involved in a mock mayoral election, followed by a mock council meeting.

Five students ran for Mayor for a day, while members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee were pre-selected to be councillors. From there, students debated issues ranging from artificial turf at Stade Moncton Stadium to surfing on the Petitcodiac River and panhandling on Main Street.

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