Someone younger attended their first City Council meeting on November 14th, but for new Youth Councillor Aparajita Sarker, it won't be the last.

The Grade 12 student was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting and will hold the position until September 2024. She says she hopes to engage youth in the community, as she feels it's an area the city's been lacking.

"The process (to become Youth Councillor) started way back in Grade 10," explains Sarker. "I was so eager to apply, but then I came to the realization that, typically, Grade 12 students get this position. The process was writing an essay on what you're passionate about and why they should pick you, then you come in for a lunch interview and go from there."

Now that she's in the role, Sarker is ready to improve the wellbeing of youths throughout Portage and connect with community members outside of her friend group.

"I have some ideas, but they're not set in stone," notes Sarker. "I have to discuss them with the Mayor and council. I can't share those just yet."

Along with now being the Youth Councillor, Sarker also is a member of the 19 Portage Army Cadets Corps as a Cadet Warrant Officer.

We'll have more from November 14th's council meeting at a later date.

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