Youth Council

"Youth leadership for environmental action."

Taking the lead on sustainable actions for our future.

The Sustainable Orillia Youth Council is a way to connect the different schools across Orillia so that students are able share their knowledge and experience with others. This connects youth environmental projects to increase their speed, scale and influence. Our members are passionate about making a difference in our community by spreading awareness about sustainability and creating initiatives to better the sustainability of Orillia and its residents.

The Youth Council is always accepting new members from all of the schools across Orillia to help represent their school, help with the Council’s projects or scale their own projects.

Our Mission: To inspire and empower the youth of Orillia to lead the journey towards sustainability, and a world where all citizens can lead rewarding and healthy lives.  We will do this by educating others, inspiring environmental stewardship, and implementing positive change within our community.

Our Vision: We see a world where youth are educated on sustainability, have the ability to create change, and have an opinion and voice regarding their future.  We see an attitude of urgency towards climate change, but one of hope for what is to come.  With this, sustainability becomes more than a box on a checklist; it becomes a lens through which everyone in the world sees.

If you want to hear more, follow us on Instagram: @sustainableorillia_yc

Blythe Wieclawek – President 
Weiqi Xu
– Vice President
Garrett Sharpe
– Secretary
Ceylon Auger – Promotions
Kate Sontag
– PF Rep
Emily Grimaldi
– Twin Rep

SOYC Word of the Day

Learn More About Trees

What’s that tree? Our Tree Identification Guide helps you solve the mystery with a few quick questions.  

Word of the day



Video Game

Think fast and move even faster. Catch and sort falling waste in the SOYC Video Game.

Join Us

Are you interested in joining or contributing to the Youth Council? Fill out the form below for an invitation to our google classroom.


Sustainable Leaders of the Future

This 40-minute webinar was produced entirely by members of the Youth Council. It was presented to hundreds of elementary school students across the City during Fall 2020. The webinar features creative videos on local tree identification, pollinators and sustainable craft activities.

Short Videos

Zoe Roe from the Sustainable Orillia Youth Council talks about plastic pollution in the ocean and what you can do to make a difference. 

Amelia from the Sustainable Orillia Youth Council talks all about sustainability and ways to live more sustainable.

Adam from the Sustainable Orillia Youth Council talks all about pollinators and pollination.

Zac, Kellan, and Greyson explore the largest park in Orillia and talks about the important role that nature plays. 

Amelia reuses everyday materials to make bird feeders. 

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