Megan Raftis grew up in Harriston, Ontario, a small rural community of about 2,000 people located in Wellington County. Megan is active in the local arts community through her involvement as local youth representative on the Minto Cultural Roundtable where her experience and age provide a unique perspective to this committee. This group supports culture in the community and Megan has been active in helping with storytelling events, culture days and a variety of other activities.
Branden Trochymchuk has been described by colleagues as an intelligent, articulate, well-rounded, and driven young man who embraces life and constantly challenges himself to learn and grow. Branden is 16 years old and attends Grade 11 at St. Ignatius High School in Thunder Bay and spends summers in the Township of Hornepayne, 450 km northeast of Sault Ste. Marie.
Emily Morrison hails from Lucknow, Ontario and currently resides in Beaverton, Ontario – a small rural community nestled in Brock Township, along the shores of Lake Simcoe. Emily’s story for the Youth Engagement Showcase features not only her own involvements in her community, but some of the youth programming she has been instrumental in developing as well – programming that engages youth in the community, while fostering important entrepreneurial skills they will retain as they carry on in their lives.
Eric Duncan is 28 years old from Winchester, Ontario and was introduced to community service at a very young age. Eric’s family has always been heavily involved in their community, whether through the church, the fire department or their local fair. From the age of 12, Eric remembers getting involved alongside his parents in a variety of different local projects, and he continues to this day with this same dedication to public service. Since he first began getting involved at the age of 12, Eric has sat on roughly 40 different boards and committees. Eric currently sits on 21 different boards and committees.