Name: Nohra Yauhnis
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am a grade 11 leader at Montcalm Secondary School. I am a part of the school’s social justice club, multicultural club, Jack.org (mental health program, Science Olympics, Dance Company, and was representative of the school’s student council. I am also apart of the Assyrian Youth Council. I was also a part of Montcalm’s first school play in 10 years. I enjoy organizing events, and find that I work well in management positions. My wide variety of interests helps me relate to a larger number of people in the community.
Why do you want to be a Youth Councillor?
I want to become a youth counselor because I would like to be the change that I want to see in London; I want to be the voice for those who don’t have one. I enjoy helping others, so I feel it is time to become a more active member in the city. The youth of London have so much potential and I would like to be the one to help them get the opportunities they need to succeed.
Identify three community issues you find important:
Three community issues that I consider important are lack of engagement from youths in London, making London a more accessible city, and racism.
1) There is a lack of engagement from youths in today’s society. I believe that this is due to the lack of events that young people would enjoy. The more uninterested the youth is with their community, the less likely it is for London to thrive as a city because today’s youth are tomorrow’s future. I think that the way for this issue to be solved is by educating students on the importance of being an active member of society. Everyone has different interests and I believe the way to get people involved is to cater to these interests.
2) I believe that making ward 3, and London in general, more accessible can lead to healthier, more active citizens. Many people with disabilities, both young and old, can not go on walks because there are not enough places for them to take breaks. This is an issue because the inability to go on a walk, or enjoy the outdoors in general, can make people unhealthy, and can also lead to bad mental health. I feel that everyone should be able to enjoy their life as if they didn’t have any disabilities.
3) Racism is one of the most important issues I think London faces as a city. I personally see this racial segregation throughout the community on a daily basis; whether I am at school, and students don’t speak to the ESL population, or at work, where people make racist comments. I’ve been working on this issue at school and believe I have made some progress but would like to expand my reach and help rid all of ward 3 of any racism. I would like to see everyone in the community working together and facing daily issues as neighbors, and friends. My goal is to help people see each other as people, not just different races. This is a large issue to take on but I believe it is possible.