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Brantford recognizes Future Leaders during Youth Week

City of BrantfordBrantford recognizes Future Leaders during Youth Week

City of Brantford concluded National Youth Week with a graduation ceremony recognizing future leaders from the Youth Excellence Awards and Youth Leadership Development Program on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

The event was hosted at the Rope Factory Event Hall by the Brantford Youth Council, which is a City-led initiative to support youth in planning and implementing activities, special events and community impact projects. 

“It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the accomplishments of people in our community from ages 15  to 30. The youth honoured at this event  were recognized for an array of accomplishments including dynamic personal growth and their volunteer work related to food sovereignty and social inclusion. It was inspiring to amplify and honour what the young people in Brantford are accomplishing,” said Taylor Berzins, Community Initiatives Coordinator for the City of Brantford.

Mayor Kevin Davis and Councillor Mandy Samwell were in attendance to support local youth serving organizations and collectives who awarded the 2024 Youth Excellence Award certificates.

“I am incredibly proud of the Brantford Youth Council, who did an excellent job hosting various  community events in honour of National Youth Week. Their hard work and dedication to creating  meaningful change, developing leadership skills, and building a sense of community has not gone  unrecognized,” added Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford.

A total of 18 individuals from the City of Brantford were honoured for their outstanding contributions to well-being, growth, diversity and inclusion, community, leadership and impact. Awardees included: 

• Aidan Giroux 

• Alexandra “Lexi” Rose 

• Bailie Kinrade 

• Brooklyn McCulloch 

• Dennis Clark  

• Emily Mcknight 

• Jordyn McCormack 

• Kaelyn Kelly 

• Kira Pink 

• Maddisyn Challe 

• Malik Smith  

• Melissa Donison 

• Michael VanEvery 

• Mikey Homer  

• Paulina Krapels 

• Raiena Haque 

• Razvan Satmarean 

• Seth Cross  

A number of youth serving organizations supported the event, including: Why Not City Mission, YMCA Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford, Brantford Pride, Wesley Youth Outreach Workers, SOAR, Grand River Community Health Centre, Brantford Native Housing, and the Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford CARE Lab.

Certificates were also presented to graduates of the City of Brantford’s 2024 Youth Leadership  Development Program, which is a two-level, leader-in-training program for youth that focuses on enhancing team building, effective communication, adapting leadership styles, and how to motivate and inspire people. 

Attendees enjoyed visual art displays from local youth artists Yunji (Iris) Jeong, Kianna Hess, and Malak Ahmed, as well as, performances by local youth musicians Ritansh Thakkar, Aaron Sopko, Shaelee Shepphard, and Maddisyn Challe.

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