The third annual YDAY recently took place in Stanley Bridge. The event brings young people together to connect, collaborate and contribute to the future of PEI. This year’s theme was about taking action.
At YDAY, Moira Shaw, member of the Youth Futures Council, welcomed all who attended. Moira studied in United States and in 2015 she returned to live in Bloomfield, PEI. Her career as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist allows her to work with many children whom she is keen to improve the future for on PEI.
“The Youth Futures Council is made up of youth leaders and young professionals from ages 16 to 29,” says Moira. “We focus on the development and modification of policy to meet the needs of young people on PEI. We engage with our provincial government about ways to enhance services, policies, strategies, and resources to best serve the interests of young Islanders.
“This year, we have been consulted on housing, poverty reduction, and education, to name a few. We use events such as YDAY to drive our goals for the upcoming year.”
Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant says all 17 recommendations from last year’s YDAY were considered by government and are turning into outcomes such as expanded student financial supports.
“Thank you to the participants of YDAY and to our Youth Futures Council members for their innovative solutions to the challenges youth face,” says Minister Gallant. “Their hard work will help create a brighter future for everyone on PEI.”
For more about YDAY, visit www.yday.ca.
Keynote speaker Heather Moyse
Heather Moyse is a four-time Olympian, two-time Olympic gold medalist, World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, and Order of PEI recipient from Summerside. She is a multi-sport athlete and inspirational speaker.
“I am passionate about empowering others to achieve their potential,” says Heather. “I use my personal experiences and professional training as an occupational therapist to encourage and inspire others to embrace challenges and face adversity head-on.”
In her presentation, Heather said we are all capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for. “We limit ourselves based on what we perceive as being possible or impossible.”
In her new book Redefining ‘Realistic’ she calls on readers to believe in the possibilities and discover what they are truly capable of. A copy of her book was given to all who attended YDAY.
For more information, visit www.heathermoyse.com.
Youth Panel: entrepreneurs in motion on PEI
Adam MacLean is a shepherd, land steward, ecological entrepreneur, scientist, community builder and dreamer.
Adam’s vision is to create regenerative, biodiverse, carbon-sequestering and vibrant ecological farm landscapes across PEI.
“My big vision is a journey of many steps. I worked on farms and studied land management. Eventually, I bought a flock of sheep.”
Adam now manages over 200 acres of land in South Melville, working with landowners who share Adam’s vision. “The sheep are moved across the land in a way that keeps them healthy and well-fed, while building deep soils, productive pastures, and biodiverse landscapes.”
Past projects include leading the Legacy Garden project in Charlottetown. He coordinated dozens of stakeholders, secured leases and grant funding, recruited volunteers and gardeners, organized the design and development of the garden space, and co-hosted workshops and community gatherings.
For more information, visit www.happylambpei.com.
Paige Hart is an entrepreneur and owner of Holy Fox Food Truck. She and partner Chef Christine serve locally sourced sustainable food.
After graduating from Montague High School, Paige planned to become an RCMP Officer. However, wanting to experience more of the world, she moved to France and then New Zealand.
Unable to secure an apprenticeship on PEI, she moved out west, stepping into supervisory roles at a recycling depot and then a busy café in the Rocky Mountains.
“With industry experience, I returned to PEI to develop a downtown café. I strive to lead others in sustainable growth in the community.” She lives by the motto: “Open your mind before your mouth.”
Fore more information, search Holy Fox Food Truck on Facebook.
Julia Kun is an Environmental Scientist at Stantec Consulting Ltd., an international engineering company on PEI. She is also owner, designer and maker of shoppe juju, a local lingerie and accessories business.
She has a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management and has worked in the environmental field for over nine years. Her work involves calculating greenhouse gas emissions, writing environmental assessments, and conducting air quality tests.
“What first started as a personal project to help me deal with my own body image insecurities became a business that has been running for three years out of my home in Charlottetown,” says Julia.
“Although my two career paths could not be more different, I believe they have created a synergistic effect and has exposed me to many different opportunities on PEI and across the country.”
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pg/shoppejuju.
Neally Currie has been in the service industry for over 20 years.
She spent her childhood working with her family at Countryview Golf Club.
Neally graduated from UPEI with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
She spent five years working in Financial Investment Management with CIBC in New Brunswick. Neally has returned to the Island to open and operate the Greenside Bistro at Countryview.
“My love for yoga took me to Costa Rica where I became a certified Yoga Instructor and now I teach at Dynamic Fitness, Afton Community Centre, and Island Hill Farm.”
Her most recent venture is Street Eats PEI, a local food truck in Charlottetown.
“I have a lot of passion for small business and enjoy working with entrepreneurs, assisting them in achieving their goals.”
Adam Gauthier is from PEI and is an English as an Additional Language Itinerant Teacher with the Public Schools Branch.
“I have been heavily involved in the arts community for 19 years as an actor, director and theatre producer.”
He has appeared on stage in productions at The Confederation Centre of the Arts, Victoria Playhouse, Jubilee Theatre and King’s Playhouse.
“I was excited to be participating in my first YDay 2018.”