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Upcoming Gallery Exhibition and other Youth Council News

By Fianna McKnight

The Youth Council is back in business! We missed you the last couple months, but hope that your holidays and new year were amazing.

Many of you know of our new podcast, AE Archives, highlighting the stories of seniors in our community based on the seven community pillars. In fact, the first episode went up just recently! You can listen on any podcast platform.

Well, we have gotten in contact with several local artists who are currently creating art pieces based on each senior’s storytelling! On March 19, 2022, we will be hosting a gallery event at Bonfire on Queen (342 Queen St. N, Paisley, ON) to showcase all of the wonderful art that is rooted so deeply in our community. The gallery will open on March 19th from 1-4pm with an official address at 2pm, and the art will remain on display in the restaurant for the following week. Stay tuned on social media for more details, and we hope to see all of you there!

On that note, we are always looking for more youth volunteers! The youth council functions through youth volunteers, so if you are a youth, or if you know someone who may be interested, don’t be afraid to reach out! You decide your level of commitment, whether that be participating in all of the projects or just attending meetings to give input. AEYC functions because of our community’s youth, both as members and as supporters, so your work is valued, no matter what you do!

If you’re interested, reach out to us on Instagram @arranelderslieyouth or fill out the form in our bio, and we’ll be in touch!

Finally, our monthly book recommendations are BACK! Some of our new volunteers recommended their latest favourites. Here’s what they had to say:

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvara captures the meaning of "live every day like it's your last". While showcasing grief in different forms, it represents how to cope with life and death.

“They Both Die at the End” follows two very different characters creating a world and a friendship that they never thought they would have. Content warnings for language, death and violence.

“Going Viral” by Katie Cicatelli is about a worldwide pandemic very similar to what we are going through. A young girl attending high school now needs to isolate with her parents in her small city apartment. With nothing to do, she begins writing about two girls who became friends from afar.

You can find “Going Viral” at your local Bruce County Library! If you’re looking for a copy of “They Both Die at the End,” you can request that the library purchase a copy and they will look into your request as soon as they can!

That’s all we have for this month. As always, stay safe, stay tuned, and we’ll see you next month!

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