Feb 23, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- The New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth has announced the appointment of new members.
The appointments include new chair Kara Hachey (Fredericton), Eric Savoie (Quispamsis), Ashley Babin (Bathurst), Jordan Graham (Noonan), Justin Wies (Fredericton), Gilbert McLaughlin (Tracadie-Sheila) and Simon Pearn (Rothesay).
Vice Chair Jocelyn Ball (Riverview), Carrie Culligan (Fredericton), Debra Hitchman (Miramichi), Julie LeBlanc (Dieppe), Kevin Roussel (Saint Joseph-de-Madawaska) and Marc Henrie (Saint-Paul-de-Kent) will continue their current terms.
The New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth was established in 1986 by the provincial government as an organization for study and consultation. It is made up of 13 young New Brunswickers who advise government and the public on matters relating to youth in the province. Throughout the past two decades, more than 100 young New Brunswickers have been appointed to serve on the council. The council reports to Education Minister Kelly Lamrock.
"I am pleased to see such an enthusiastic and capable group of youth appointed to serve as members," Lamrock said. "The council has a proud history of making sure New Brunswick's youth are heard, and the council will be working on many key issues to help the province move forward on the road to self sufficiency. I extend congratulations to the incoming members and a heartfelt thanks to all members of the council, both past and present, who have contributed their time and energy in helping make New Brunswick an even better place to live."
Twenty-three-year-old Kara Hachey takes over the helm of the council with a wealth of experience in business and a great enthusiasm for the work of the council. This energetic entrepreneur is an MBA graduate, the winner of a $20,000 New Brunswick Innovation Foundation grant and is president of Go-Go Gymnastics, the province's first mobile recreational gymnastics service.
"I am honoured to be a part of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth," Hachey said. "I look forward to working with youth from all over New Brunswick, and I encourage all young people to take part in opportunities to get involved."
Hachey got her first taste for business at age 15, when she enrolled in Junior Achievement (JA). Years later, she is still involved with JA, serving on the Fredericton board of directors and the New Brunswick board of governors for the JA New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. She has served as master of ceremonies at the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame dinners for the past two years and is a regular speaker at many venues on the topic of youth entrepreneurship.
Hachey will be instrumental in the council's continuing outreach efforts, including its ongoing Rock the Boat initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to recognize and support community involvement, civic engagement, capacity building and leadership development among New Brunswick youth. Information about the Youth Councils' Rock the Boat process will be available on the council's website soon.
"The province has a lot to offer youth, and I can't imagine being anywhere else," Hachey said. "I look forward to working with the council to get youth talking about how we can grow our population and economy. One key to achieving that is to help find ways that youth can become more engaged in decision making in their communities."
For more information on the council and its work, contact the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth at 1-888-830-5588, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the council website at www.youthinfo.ca.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of current council members follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Kara Hachey, chair or Ivan Corbett, executive director, New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth, 506-453-3271, or toll-free, 888-830-5588.