Ward 14

Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 6.12.13 PM.pngName: Annie Cho

Tell us a bit about yourself: 

My name is Annie Cho, and I am a Grade 11 student at Oakridge Secondary School. I am a passionate student and an aspiring leader. I have had many previous leadership experiences; I was part of the Student Council and made a positive difference in my school community. I want to help make a change in our community for the better. Along with my ambition of becoming a leader, I am a strong arts and science student. I love to play music and read books in my spare time. I am a hardworking student who puts 100% into everything she does.

Why do you want to be a Youth Councillor?

I want to be a youth councillor because I am interested in becoming a leader. I want to further develop my leadership skills while making a change in the community. I believe there is a great amount of positive change that I can make to this community. I strongly believe that this is an opportunity for me to make a significant change to London.

Identify three community issues you find important:

1) Mental Health: Due to stress and other social factors, many people have mental health problems. I want to provide aid to those who are facing such problems.

2) Transportation: Transportation is an important issue because many people rely on buses and transits to get from place to place. Students, especially, have trouble commuting from school to home. As a student myself, I wish to help make transportation a more efficient system.

3) Youth Employment: Youths should have opportunities to have a job and earn money. I want to help those who are still struggling to find jobs and help them find a way to make a living.

zahra-naqvi-photo1.jpgName: Zahra Naqvi

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Hi everyone! My name is Zahra and I graduated from Ivey Business School at Western University in 2016. I currently work with a lawyer, and will be attending Western Law this fall. I immigrated to Canada in 2012. I had acceptances from multiple universities in Ontario, but when I saw London, I immediately fell in love with the city. The people were wonderfully friendly, and immensely helpful. It was with their help, that I began to feel at home. Now I wish to give back this city. I want to work with the people here to sustain this amazing community, ensuring that it remains bright and welcoming to all.



Why do you want to be a Youth Councillor?

I have always had a passion to create positive change. But most of all, I have a passion for people. I believe we must invest in people, especially in ourselves, to build a brighter future. Growing up, my parents always encouraged me to be aware of the issues surrounding me. Through this I developed a need to contribute and give back to society. I realized to make a difference, one must always have a voice. This is why I believe the role of a youth councillor is immensely important. Working together with all the councillors, I wish to give the youth of London a voice in the decision-making process. Because the choices made by decision-makers today will affect us in the years to come.

Identify three community issues you find important:

1) Youth employment: Having gone through the entire process of graduating university and being anxious about finding a job after, I wish to make this process easier for the people who are still struggling, or have yet to enter the process.
While countless resources exist for job-hunting- looking back, I believe the resource I personally felt was most needed is targeted advice: Advice about what kinds of jobs to apply to in early university years, how to prepare for interviews, and how to strategize one’s career. Thus, it is my wish to streamline this process for the youth of London.
The transition from student to a working adult is not easy, and I feel the stress associated can be greatly lessened if we take a targeted approach. This is an issue that affects my ward.

2) Bullying: I have seen the effects of bullying first-hand. I have seen kids downgraded and disregarded by their peers, just because they are different. I have seen what effect this can have on their self esteem. Bullying is a common problem. And its outcomes can be devastating. To every person that has been bullied, there is one message that I wish to relay loud and clear. Being different is an asset. It makes you stronger. I wish to show everyone who has suffered this way, that all of us will come together to solve this problem. We shall ensure that all youth in London can feel accepted for who they are.

3) Sexual Assault: In Canada, one of the most under reported crimes is sexual assault. We have an atmosphere where people still hesitate, feel ashamed, and scrutinized if they speak up about how they suffered. They feel that they will not be believed. And this belief is not unfounded. In London, according to the Globe and Mail, 30% of sexual assault allegations were closed as unfounded. This is dramatically higher than that of other crimes, such as physical assault, where only 10% are closed as unfounded.
I wish to change this atmosphere. I want to work towards building a society, a community where people feel safe. The London police has started working towards this goal. I want to build upon such efforts. I want to ensure, that we as the youth, the future generation, make our community safer for the years to come.

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