Name: Shania Simon
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I was born and raised in London, I am currently the Southwest Regional Youth Representative on the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers- Aboriginal Youth Council (OFIFC AYC) this is my 1st year being the Regional Rep, and my 3rd year on council. I have attended regional and national, conferences, summits, forums and AGM’s. My most recent work includes working with young women around Canada this past March at the National Indigenous Women’s Summit 2017 where we came up with 3 recommendations and delivered them as a group to the Premiers and Ministers including; the honorable Kathleen Wynne and Carolyn Bennett.
Why do you want to be a Youth Councillor?
I am very passionate about youth engagement, hence I second this statement: “You cannot build the future for the youth, but you can build the youth for the future” – Franklin D Roosevelt. Being a Youth Councillor would mean making change and implementing youth based initiatives within my community open to the whole city. I want to see youth get involved, and watch the community work together and evolve. I not only plan on making a mark while I hold a position as a Councillor for my community, but hopefully change lives, as my live was changed by a former Youth Councillor.
Identify three community issues you find important:
1) LGBTQ+ Community:
– Spreading awareness
– Educating the community with events with the engagement of LGBTQ+
– Getting feedback and networking
2) (Youth) Drug and Alcohol abuse:
– Implementing workshops surrounding the violence, crimes and issues when dealing with drugs.
3) Youth Engagement:
– Address youth issues and needs by ensuring appropriate youth representation and advocacy on the local level.
– Increase youth involvement while maintaining a strong relationships with the community and mentors.