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Think Big Look Back

A youth social action council for individuals, aged 14-29 that promotes lifelong civic engagement. This group attended guest lectures from Women of Distinction, went on excursions throughout Muskoka and organized community events from 2017-2019.

  Think Big,  
Look Back,  
Start Small 

Growing leadership skills, connecting with other young adults in the community, and having some fun!

Discussion topics include: community action, gender-based violence, event management, self- care, privilege, what it means to be an active bystander, and bullying.

Excursions included: A trip to Muskoka Place Gallery in Port Carling, a tour of the Bracebridge Paramedics new Headquarters, and the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards Gala.


Importance of Community Engagement
Guest speaker Michelle Emson spoke to us about active community engagement. The group learned how to take on a leadership role, why community engagement is important, and how young people can make their voices heard.

Know Before You Vote 
Local politician, Matt Richter, talked to us about the different roles and responsibilities of the government, how voting works, and why politics are important - especially to young adults. We explored issues within elections that are important to youth council members, and the many ways we can get involved in our community politics.

Watercolour Journaling
Gayle Dempsey at Muskoka Place Gallery led a relaxing watercolour journaling workshop at her studio in Port Carling. With guidance, the group learned how to get more out of journaling as a creative outlet for self expression.

Community Involvement 

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
As part of our advocacy efforts we have created posters for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an annual YW event geared towards violence prevention in Muskoka. The group has also created buttons to distribute while walking in the very first Muskoka Pride Parade, organized a spoken word event to amplify voices in our community, and attended excursions in the region to learn from women in different leadership roles.


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