Oct. 16, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Expressions of interest are now being accepted from qualified candidates who wish to be considered for appointment to upcoming vacancies on the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth.
The council consists of 13 members from across New Brunswick, and is the provincial body representative of youth. Through research and consultation it voices the interests, needs, concerns and perspectives of young people aged 15- 24, and presents recommendations to government and the public. The council reports to Education Minister Kelly Lamrock.
"I invite the youth of our province to consider putting their names forward to serve as members of the council," Lamrock said. "The council has an important role in government, and a solid track record in of making sure New Brunswick's youth are heard. The council is working on many key issues like population growth, wellness and climate change to help the province move forward on the road to self-sufficiency. I also extend congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the outgoing members who have contributed their time and energy in helping make New Brunswick an even better place to live."
Potential candidates should have:
"Council membership requires a significant amount of time and a commitment to serve," said Ivan Corbett, executive director of the council. "Those appointed will take on high levels of involvement and commitment. They will be expected to attend and participate in board meetings, and be active and keep current on youth issues and council-related work between meetings. Members will also participate in a variety of events, and provide feedback on complex issues."
Outgoing member Carrie Culligan said that council members will have a rewarding experience that will benefit them for years to come.
"Friendships, networking opportunities and, most importantly, an increased awareness and understanding of youth issues and the workings of government are all positive benefits," Culligan said. "Members have the satisfaction of knowing that they are providing a voice for youth to the government and people of New Brunswick."
The council is also seeking expressions of interest from youth for the executive positions of chair and vice-chair. Both positions are specifically appointed, and are expected to direct, oversee, coach and provide leadership and support.
Competency in both English and French is an asset.
The lieutenant-governor on council appoints each council member for a term of two years, subject to renomination.
Expressions of interest for all positions must include a cover letter and resume, with details of education, volunteer/board/committee experience, work experience, and contact information (telephone number, mailing address and e-mail address). They may be submitted by e-mail at: Nominations.NBACY-CCJNB@gnb.ca; by regular mail at: New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth, P.O. box 6000, 130-77 Westmorland St., Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1; or by fax at 506-444-4413. The deadline for submissions is noon on Thursday, Nov. 6.
For more information, visit the Advisory Council on Youth website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ivan Corbett, executive director, New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth, 506-453-3271, or toll-free, 888-830-5588.