Executive Council
September 7, 2017

Premier Ball Announces Members of Youth Council

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced 25 members of the Premier’s Youth Council. The new council will provide advice to government on select topics of interest from a youth perspective.

The council consists of young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians between the ages of 16 and 24.  It is diverse and reflects young people living in communities throughout our province. More information on the members can be found in the backgrounder below.

Members of the Premier’s Youth Council went through the merit-based appointment process administered by the Public Service Commission.

“Input from a youth perspective is an important part of shaping our future. The newly appointed members will provide that perspective, and I look forward to working with them and hearing their opinions and ideas.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Premier’s Youth Council
Member Bios

Erin Ball
Erin Ball is from Botwood and is currently living in St. John’s where she is studying Biochemistry at Memorial University. She is a Memorial Ambassador and an active volunteer in her community. Ms. Ball has won various awards and scholarships, including the Dr. Leslie Harris Memorial University Alumni Association Scholarship.

Shaelynn Barry
Shaelynn Barry is from Corner Brook and is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Business Commerce from Memorial University. She is passionate about social issues and embarked on a volunteer mission to the Amazon Basin in 2015.

McAuley Bellows
McAuley Bellows is from Irishtown-Summerside where he attends Templeton Academy. He is currently enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, attended the SHAD program at Dalhousie University this summer, and is involved in the newly formed North Shore Aboriginal Cultural Group.

Brooke Blanchard
Brooke Blanchard is from King’s Point where she is currently a Level III student at Valmont Academy. She is a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser in her community and is passionate about issues related to rural sustainability. Ms. Blanchard recently attended the Davinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) at the University of Toronto and proudly represented her community at the Miss Achievement NL Scholarship Program in 2016.

Lauren Carter
Lauren Carter lives in Harbour Breton. She is currently heading into Level III at King Academy High School where she is active as the Vice-President of the Student Council and as a peer tutor. 

Kaylie Chaulk
Kaylie Chaulk is from Musgrave Harbour and graduated from Gill Memorial Academy in 2016. Her interests lie in tourism, aquaculture, education and recreation and she has experience with the Breakwater Youth Centre Board of Directors as a youth representative. She is currently attending Memorial University.

Kyle Cook
Kyle Cook is from St. George’s and has expertise in science, technology, education and governance. He has been involved in the Long Range Mountains Youth Council and has held the position of treasurer for the Appalachia High School Student Council Executive.

Riley Farrell
Riley Farrell is from Marystown where she is a Level III French Immersion student at Marystown Central High. She has been involved with Me to We (Helping Hands) since 2015 and has organized a number of fundraisers in her community for the Janeway and the SPCA.

Kaleigh Hicks
Kaleigh Hicks lives in Gander and is currently a Level III student at Gander Collegiate. In 2016, she represented her community at the Miss Achievement NL Scholarship Program and helped fundraise for the Ronald MacDonald House. In 2017, she participated in the SHAD program at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Courtney Jones
Courtney Jones is from Torbay and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Memorial University. She is the Women’s Representative on the Memorial University Student Union and is an active volunteer with Intersections and Planned Parenthood.

Frances Leonard
Frances Leonard is from Happy Valley-Goose Bay and is currently studying psychology at Memorial University. She was the first youth councillor for the Happy Valley-Goose Bay municipal town council in 2015-16 and has twice won the Mealy Mountain Collegiate Student Volunteer of the Year Award.

Raylene Mackey
Raylene Mackey is from Goulds and is an undergraduate student at Memorial University, studying Political Science and French. She is a strong advocate for youth and has received a URock Youth Volunteer Award and a Governor General of Canada Sovereign Medal for Volunteers for her many volunteer efforts.

Haley Moriarity
Haley Moriarity is from Conception Bay South and is starting her first year at Memorial University. She is a founding member of Newfoundland and Labrador’s first mock Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and is an active member of the 905 Viking Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

Mark Murdoch
Mark Murdoch is from Deer Lake and is in his final year of the Bachelor of Administration Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. In 2016, he attended Colorado Mesa University to study Marketing and Advertising.

Adam Murphy
Adam Murphy is from St. John’s where he is currently working towards a Civil Engineering degree at Memorial University. In 2015, he was awarded the Joyce Award Scholarship. More recently, he has been involved with Engineers Without Borders as well as TEDxYouth.

Bennett Newhook
Bennett Newhook is from St. John’s where he is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Memorial University. He recently volunteered in Honduras as a member of the Global Brigades MUN Water Brigade and is also actively involved with Engineers Without Borders.

Samantha Noseworthy
Samantha Noseworthy lives in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. She is the Director of Community Development and Research for the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and also acts as the Chair of the Central Labrador Tourism Working Group. She graduated from Memorial University with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Nutrition in 2014 and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 2016.

Kyle (Ky) Pearce
Ky Pearce is from Cape Ray. In 2016, Ky graduated from Memorial University with an undergraduate degree in Social/Cultural Studies – Interdisciplinary and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University with a Master’s thesis on Newfoundland’s Queer Youth.

Patrick Pearson
Patrick Pearson is from Dunville. He is currently living in St. John’s working towards a Bachelor of Science degree at Memorial University. He is a SHAD Fellow and a professionally-trained public speaker. He has also acted and performed in many plays and musicals.

Laura Peckford
Laura Peckford is from Lewisporte and is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry - Nutrition at Memorial University. She has worked as a team leader for the Conservation Corps over the past three summers and is an active volunteer with the Memorial University Student Volunteer Bureau and the Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program.

Olivia Perry
Olivia Perry is from York Harbour and attends St. James All Grade in Lark Harbour. In 2016, she attended the Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa where she was elected student premier for the Atlantic Provinces. Ms. Perry is a recipient of the Steam Horizon Scholarship and has achieved great success in both the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Program and the Poetry and Voice Nationals.

Daniel Stark
Daniel Stark is from Deer Lake. He recently attended the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Ottawa and was a participant in the SHAD program at Queen’s University, a month long in-residence program for students with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Radhika Verma
Radhika Verma is from Stephenville, where she is in Grade 12 at Stephenville High School in 2014. She is currently the SHS Humanitarian Club Vice President and is involved in a Community Youth Network as a youth leader.

William White
William White is from Grand Falls-Windsor. His current roles include Acting CEO and President of Youth Centres Canada, Ambassador with One Young World and Core Member of the National Youth Advisory Committee-Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. 

Sarah Winsor
Sarah Winsor is from St. John’s where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She has experience with the Radhoc Youth Leadership, Global Brigades, the Newfoundland and Labrador Science Fair Council, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board. Ms. Winsor has a strong interest in youth engagement, is an active volunteer and believes youth can have a profound impact on their communities.

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