BC teenager pleads for better disability support – Smithers Interior News


Noor Shaker, 14, of Port Coquitlam, is pushing for change as a member of the StrongerBC Young Leaders Council. (Photo by Government of British Columbia)

British Columbia teenager calls for better support for people with disabilities

Noor Shaker is the youngest member of the BC Young Leaders Council

At 14, Noor Shaker is the youngest member of the StrongerBC Young Leaders Council. The Port Coquitlam teenager has lived her entire life with cerebral palsy and has joined the council to call for more disability support.

“I want more support for young people with disabilities in BC and young people who don’t necessarily fit the norms of society,” she said. “I had the opportunity to speak with the Prime Minister about providing more mobility aid support and funding to give people with disabilities the support they need. »

The Young Leaders Council was created to advise the provincial government on the issues most important to young people. Members range in age from 14 to 26 and commit to serve on the board for a one-year term. The council will be chaired by Brittny Anderson, MPP for Nelson-Creston and the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Youth.

On Friday (May 13), Council was in Victoria to meet Premier John Horgan and other MPs. This was their first meeting in the Legislative Assembly since joining Council.

“It was spectacular to meet all the different MPs, ministers and finally get the chance to meet everyone in person,” Shaker said.

She first became interested in politics after seeing many “inadequacies” and talk of no action from higher levels of government. Shaker is also pushing for teachers and educators in British Columbia to be better supported by the government.

Shaker said her goal is to one day become a federal or provincial politician. She met her MP Finn Donnelly and told him he better be careful because she’s coming for work.

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