Columbia Valley youth will have their voices heard this fall through a series of meetings scheduled by the new Columbia Valley Youth Network Coordinator.
Angela Miller was hired in July to fill the new shoes. The position made possible thanks to the Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Youth Network. Since starting, Mrs. Miller has been working to reach out to youth, to hear what youth across the Valley would like to see. To that end, she has set up a series of youth community events.
“This is for youth to come meet me, give input on what they feel they want to see in each community and how we can make that happen,” explained Mrs. Miller. “I really want to encourage the youth to come out and give feedback.”
Mrs. Miller’s role is to engage youth in each community to find out what their needs are, then narrow down to focus on a few key areas within each community.
“Through collaboration with other programs and groups already in place, we hope to help meet more of the needs of youth throughout the Valley,” said Mrs. Miller. “This is a great opportunity for youth to get involved in the community– giving them a voice so they can tell us what they need to feel like a part of the community and make it happen for them.”
Mrs. Miller has lived in the Valley for 25 years. She is married with four children ranging in age from 3-15 years old. She is excited about the new position and hopes to help youth feel their voice and their input matters.
“My job will be to follow through on their (the youth’s) highest priorities and make things happen for them in each community.”
The position is under the umbrella of an oversight committee that includes Family Dynamix, representatives from David Thompson Secondary School, Rocky Mountain School District #6, the Regional District Areas F and G as well as various organizations involving youth.
Pat Cope, executive director at Family Dynamix, said the position, “will increase the opportunities for youth in the Columbia Valley through youth engagement and collaboration with each community.”
The youth community events will rotate throughout the Valley; the first is at Gerry’s Gelati in Radium Tuesday, September 12th. Other venues include Ozzie’s Amuzement Park in Windermere, Wilmer Community Hall, Fairmont Pizza & Ice Cream, the Base Camp Coffee Shop, the Invermere Skateboard Park and the Edgewater Community Hall. All events run from 5-7 p.m. and will include free food and activities. For more information, go to the ‘Columbia Valley Youth Network’ site on Facebook.
The Columbia Valley Youth Network is also hosting a logo contest. Youth can draw, design a logo for the Columbia Valley Youth Network for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for Syndicate Boardshop. There is no limit to the number of logos that can be submitted per youth. Each submission is another chance to win; submission deadline is October 15th.
Drop off locations for the contest are The Base Camp Coffee Shop in Canal Flats, Summit Youth Centre in Invermere, Invermere Home Hardware and Pip’s Country Store in Edgewater.
Lastly, for youth in the Valley, Invermere Home Hardware is looking for local talented youth to help entertain at the Home Hardware Tailgate Party and Craft Sale Sept 30th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are interested contact Angela at 250-341-5216 for more information.