I am absolutely thrilled to introduce this weeks guest writer, Nicole Worozbyt. I met Nicole through social media and finally in person at a youth meeting in the Northeast area of London. Nicole is a grade 12 student who is passionate about community development and is highly involved in her own community. She is a Youth Councillor in Ward 4 with the London Youth Advisory Council and is hoping to be voted in again for next year! I am honoured to know Nicole and am excited to have her share her thoughts on her political involvement as a young women in London Ontario:
Over the past year as I have become passionate about politics through my involvement with the London Youth Advisory Council, Ms. Joni Baechler, former City Councillor and Mayor of the City of London, has become a major role model for me. She has shown me that it is possible to be involved in politics without becoming a “politician”.
I admire how she focused on the city’s business rather than her own agenda. She fulfilled her duties, read the reports and made informed decisions. Most importantly, she stuck to her values and maintained integrity. Her grassroots background and the humble way in which she carries herself made me realize I have the potential to be a leader in my community too. That a particular socio-economic status or personality type are not prerequisites to becoming a leader. I can just be myself.
Just having someone to look up to is empowering to me. Without seeing other women achieving political status, how can young women dream of doing it themselves? We still need more political role models considering the only female Prime Minister was in office for a short six months over 20 years ago. Joni has not only taken the challenging road of being a female politician in a male-dominated field, but has gone a step farther by not forgetting younger generations. She has done this by encouraging young women like myself to get involved in politics and by spreading awareness about the blatant inequality embedded in Canadian politics today by producing the 25percent documentary.
I choose to be involved in politics to defy traditional barriers and perceptions of women in politics, to give back to my community, to increase female representation in Canada from 25% to 50% and to empower other young women to have their voice heard and valued.
I challenge you to encourage a young woman in your life to follow her passion regardless of low female representation in the field, whether it be politics, sciences, trades or any other area!
Check out Nicole’s profile at www.lyac.ca/nicole_worozbyt
and take two minutes to VOTE for your LYAC representative
at www.lyac.ca/vote2015 May 3-9!
Follow Nicole on Twitter @nicoleworozbyt