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City seeks young leaders for first ever youth senate

'We know the value of getting young people involved in the community,' says Mayor; Deadline to apply is Friday June 21 at noon
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Anner Yep and Noah Stong, students from Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School, recently made a presentation to city councillors about the new Sunshine Youth Senate. Dave Dawson/OrilliaMatters

The City of Orillia is actively recruiting young people to apply for the newly-formed Orillia Sunshine Youth Senate.

The Youth Senate will be comprised of eight youth representatives between the ages of 14 and 19 and three youth representatives between the ages of 13 and 14. The Youth Senate mandate is to work to represent local youth and encourage engagement in arising issues and solutions in the community.

“Council strongly supports the creation of the Orillia Sunshine Youth Senate because we know the value of getting young people involved in the community. We want to engage Orillia and area youth in local decision making and look forward to the Youth Senate providing their unique perspective to Orillia Council,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

“Our goal is to provide youth with an opportunity to have a greater voice in the community. This mutually beneficial relationship would provide Council with a youth perspective as well as provide youth with first-hand experience of the democratic process,” said Hazel O’Brien, Chair of the Orillia Youth Opportunities Committee.

The Youth Senate will be guided by Kevin Gangloff, Director of Youth Opportunities, and will report to Council.

The Orillia Youth Opportunities Committee will provide guidance and mentoring for the first year of the Youth Senate’s operation. To qualify, members must reside in the City of Orillia or surrounding townships and be eligible to attend school in the local area.

The deadline for applications is Friday, June 21, 2019 at noon.

To download an application form, please visit the City’s website at