It’s a first for Hanover.
The Town has hired a municipal intern for the Summer to help engage youth in Town matters.
Aashima Verma has been charged with the task of working with the Town to come up with youth engagement strategies.
The job comes with three main priorities.
The first is to bridge the gap between the planning process and youth.
The second focuses on political engagement, trying to get youth more involved in the decision making process.
The third is to share the stories that youth are doing with the community, and what is happening within the community with the youth.
Verma will spend four days a week working out of the municipal office and one day a week working out of Launch Pad the Town’s youth and technology centre.
Verma says her goal is to provide youth with a voice at the municipal level.
Hanover was one of ten communities across the province to receive grant dollars for the municipal youth intern project.
The 85 hundred dollar grant came from the Rural Ontario Institute.
The twenty year old is pleased to spend the summer working in her hometown.
Verma just graduated from the University of Guelph in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science.
She is heading to the United Kingdom in the Fall to study law.
Hanover Economic Development Manager April Marshall is thrilled to have Verma on board.
She says Verma will be a tremendous asset to the Town as Hanover moves forward with efforts to engage youth more at the municipal level.