STU Social Action Placements - Spring 2019

St. Thomas University Bachelor of Social Work interns Rebecca Arsenault, Jalen Borden, Jamie McNeil, Alex MacAulay, and Megen Gaudet are working in my constituency office on two projects. The first addresses bringing the voice of youth into the Legislature, the second concerns poverty.

Youth comprise a significant part of our population that are without a voice on issues that concern them in New Brunswick. Youth often feel dis-empowered and ignored when it comes to political matters. Jamie and Alex are developing a proposal for a Youth Assembly that would formally interact with the Legislative Assembly, and a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the youth voice to the development of government policy. Young people care, and they have crucial and valuable perspectives to share concerning the problems within our city and province.

Rebecca, Jalen, and Megen are working to raise awareness about poverty in the Fredericton area and the many barriers and challenges people face when on social assistance. They are planning a media campaign that will describe the reforms needed in social assistance policies. This will include a commentary to explain the difficulties in accurately measuring poverty and in
describing how poverty is experienced differently by those who live it.

Our Principles

>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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