Will White of Grand Falls-Windsor will serve on the Premier’s Youth Council.
GRAND FALLS-WINSDOR, NL – Will White from Grand Falls-Windsor was chosen as one of 25 young people to serve as a member of Premier Dwight Ball’s Youth Council.
The council will advise government on topics of interest from a youth’s viewpoint.
“Input from a youth perspective is an important part of shaping our future,” Ball stated in a news release. “The newly appointed members will provide that perspective, and I look forward to working with them and hearing their opinions and ideas.”
While applied to be on the council in April 2017 out of interest in learning more about politics.
“I’ve got a lot of experience in different areas from different organizations, but I’ve never really seen anything in the world of politics yet,” White told the Advertiser. “I’m interested in learning about that. I like the idea of learning a little bit more of … politics and I think being on the premier’s youth council is a good way to get some insight.”
At 23 years old, White is currently acting CEO and president of Youth Centres Canada, ambassador with One Young World, and core member of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health National Youth Advisory Committee.
White’s dedication shows through in the way youth themselves speak of him, with the Advertiser receiving many messages of praise for White from youth in the community.
“When I met William, I was the average teenage [rebel],” Michael Moores wrote in a Facebook message to the Advertiser. “Will took me under his wing and if it wasn’t for him, I honestly wouldn’t be who I am today. Will never expects recognition, but I think it’s about time he does get it, he deserves it,”
Besides the knowledge of politics White hopes to gain as part of the premier’s youth council, his main goal is to bring the voices of the youth he works with to the table.
White said he feels his opinions and knowledge alone are not as constructive as giving the youth in central a collective voice.
“I like to bring the opinions of all of the youth that I work with,” he said.