Youth Council

Strengthening leadership and environmental activism.

Taking the lead on environmental action 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. The 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: Strengthen leadership and environmental activism from youth to build rewarding and healthy lives for us, the future citizens of Orillia and the world.

Our Vision: Youth are taking the lead on environmental action for their future. Youth receive a quality education on climate change and sustainability. They understand the urgency needed but look to the future with positivity. 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

President – Zac Waite 
Vice President –  JJ Doleweerd
Vice President –  Blythe Wieclawek

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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.

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