April 8, 2003
(Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education)
The following statement was issued today by Anna Thistle, Minister of Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education. It was also read in the House of Assembly:
Youth Advisory Committee annual report
I rise today to acknowledge the province’s Youth Advisory Committee and commend them on the completion of their first annual report. Entitled: A Youth’s Future is Today, this document which contains 22 recommendations was presented to myself and Premier Grimes this morning.
The Youth Advisory Committee was established in June of 2001, to give youth a direct voice to government. Never before have young people been so well informed and capable of providing advice and input on government policies and programs.
The recommendations included in the committee’s report address issues ranging from student aid reform to income support, and including the views of youth in the Royal Commission’s report on Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada.
Youth and youth-related issues are of high priority to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Even though we live in a day when so many demands are being placed upon us, we must not underestimate the need to continue to invest in young people - they are tomorrow’s leaders and our future.
I also wish to acknowledge the role in which Sandra Kelly, as the former Minister of Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education played in the development of the Youth Advisory Committee.
As the new minister, I look forward to building on the partnership my colleague has developed with our youth and pledge this government’s commitment to carefully reviewing the committee’s recommendations.
2003 04 08 1:50 p.m.