Bossio meets with members of the Hastings–Lennox & Addington Constituency Youth Council
Mike Bossio was pleased to meet with members of the Hastings-Lennox and Addington Constituency Youth Council (CYC) earlier this week at Centre Hastings Secondary School.
The meeting focused on education, a topic that had previously been identified by the CYC as a priority for local youth. At the meeting, Bossio was pleased to welcome Brian Kerby, a School Board Trustee with the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALDSB) who took the time to discuss his role as a Trustee, and to listen to the concerns of the students who attended the meeting.
The discussion was led by Matthew Thompson – a returning member from the 2016-2017 CYC – and a number of issues were covered, including supporting initiatives for students with special needs, the importance of engaging with different levels of government on education, and ensuring that LGBTQ+ students are welcome in the Catholic school system.
Students also discussed with Bossio how they can get involved and be heard in their communities.
The CYC is a non-partisan council, now in its second year, which focuses on bringing together a diverse set of perspectives to discuss issues affecting young people in Hastings—Lennox & Addington. With eight returning council members and eleven new members from Bancroft to Napanee, the year promises to be a dynamic one, and Bossio is looking forward to continuing to meet with the CYC in the months ahead.
“I think that the meeting went really well. We brought up some very important topics, including standardized testing. It’s good that we have a representative of a school board who, in general, understands what’s important to students and is able to visualize certain things based on students’ opinions, and not just on board members’ opinions, because most often it is students who are influenced by these decisions.”
– Meghan Mosgrove – member of the Hastings—Lennox & Addington Constituency Youth Council
“It’s amazing the number of youth in our area who are interested in politics, in changing the world, and caring for the environment that they live in.”
– Brian Kerby, Trustee – Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
“Having the opportunity to listen to the concerns of youth in Hastings—Lennox & Addington is one of the most important responsibilities that I have as a member of parliament. Our youth think not just about the priorities of today, but also of the priorities of coming generations, and that is so important if we want to continue to build a society that works for everyone.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox & Addington