Youth council hosts all candidates forum for Chestermere-Rocky View
Monday, Apr 20, 2015 10:28 am
The City of Chestermere’s youth council, Youth Encouraging Lasting Leadership (YELL), is hosting an All Candidates Forum for Chestermere–Rocky View on April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Chestermere Recreation Centre’s main hall.
According to Executive Director of Chestermere Area Youth and Community Development Society (Synergy) Patty Sproule, YELL has organized similar all candidates forums in the past.
“YELL was formed almost eight years ago and they have hosted four all candidate forums prior to this, three municipal and one provincial,” she said.
“The reason they decided this was a role that they wanted to play was that they wanted to learn more about the political process. They wanted to be informed. They wanted to help inform the adults around them and they wanted to encourage people to get out and vote.”
All six candidates for MLA in Chestermere–Rocky View have confirmed they will attend the all candidates forum, according to Sproule.
YELL members provide each candidate with assistance leading up to and during the event, collecting a biography and photo for the website and ensuring they have all the information they need heading into the forum.
“All of the candidates have a YELL Candidate Liaison,” Sproule said. “They have all been in touch with their candidates.”
YELL members will facilitate the All Candidates Forum, introducing each candidate, though an adult will act as the emcee. According to Sproule, the emcee is close to being confirmed.
YELL is comprised of 45 members between the ages of 14 and 18 from the Chestermere and Langdon areas in rural southeast Rocky View County. They act as a liaison to Chestermere City council and are very involved in the community.
“As their name implies, they’re a leadership development group. They are developing their own leadership skills as well as mentoring pre-teens. There’s a pre-teen group called SHOUT,” Sproule said. “They do a lot of community service work and they do a lot of leadership training.”
Residents wishing to have their questions addressed at the forum must submit them in advance, according to Sproule. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 24. The forum is open to everyone and Sproule said YELL’s previous forums have attracted up to 200 people.