Youth rep gets first taste of council
Tee-Tee Appah sat in on her first city council meeting Tuesday night as the newest youth city councillor. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)
The torch has been passed indicating a change of guard.
Youth city councillor Tee-Tee Appah, a Grade 12 student at Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI), got her first taste of politics at Tuesday night's city council meeting at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie.
“It was really interesting,” says Appah. “It was nice to get a feel of what it's actually like to be in a city council meeting and seeing what goes on and is talked about.”
A fixed position in the city council chambers, the youth role was created in 2015 and is beneficial for both student and council. The city gets a taste of what the voters of tomorrow want while the youth councillor gets an opportunity to see exactly how a city operates from behind the scenes while dabbling in municipal politics.
“I really wanted to express a type of diverse energy on council because there isn't a lot of diversity. There are women but there aren’t an equal proportion of women to men,” she added. “I wanted to try and change that.”
Among her duties as youth city councillor, Appah is responsible for keeping council informed with initiatives she oversees. Currently she has her hands full with PCI's annual Breakfast for Breakfast fundrasier.
The yearly endeavour has the high school host the community for the most important meal of the day while raising money and food for the many breakfast programs operating at schools across the division.
“All donations go to the breakfast programs of Portage la Prairie so you're helping kids in your own backyard,” she adds.
The Breakfast for Breakfast program is set for Dec. 6 at PCI. Entry fee is $6 at the door or a box of cereal.
Appah takes the reins from outgoing youth city councillor Lasha Mackendenski who held the position from Nov. 2016 – Aug. 2017. Donnovan Hillman was the inaugural youth rep when the position was created in 2015.