Youth Task Force

Statement of Purpose

The Youth Task Force is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating funding (e.g. fundraising, sponsorship, etc.) for an annual youth forum.


The Task Force shall be comprised of up to 16 members as follows:

  • Three Task Force Leaders between the ages of 19 and 30
  • Up to 12 Student Members representing a cross section of high school students and the diversity of St. Catharines youth

  • One City Councillor

Reporting Structure

The Task Force reports to Council through the Social Sustainability Committee. If required, due to event-related time constraints, the Task Force may report directly to Council.

Administrative support to the Task Force shall be provided by Parks, Recreation and Culture Services, which shall assign a Secretary to the Task Force. Additional staff resources will be provided, as required from time to time.

Membership Term

Task Force Leaders

Term of Council, or as determined by City Council. 

Student Members

One-year terms, coinciding with the school year. The Task Force Leaders will recruit and appoint the Student Members for one year terms, coinciding with the school year. The recruitment and appointment process shall be approved by the City Clerk to ensure fairness and transparency.


Membership List

City Councillor:

  • Councillor Kevin Townsend (Chair)

Task Force Leaders: 

  • Alex Mitchell
  • Grayson Wadsworth-Hayes

Student Members:

  • Ahmad Abu Al Hayjaa
  • Gamar Awadh
  • Ty Clifford
  • Spencer Dickinson
  • Maddy Gordon
  • Owen Hiltebrand
  • Malak Matus
  • Kalynne Nguyen
  • Chidera Onyegbule
  • Syed Nur Zaidi
  • Mahmoud Radwan
  • Adam Sauriol

Staff Liaison:

Meeting Schedule and Location

The Task Force will meet monthly, or as required, at the discretion of the Chair.

Meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre.


The Task Force shall conduct its meetings in accordance with and otherwise comply with the City of St. Catharines Simplified Meeting Procedures for advisory bodies.

In accordance with these procedures, members may be removed from the committee if they miss three consecutive meetings or more than 50% of the meetings in a calendar year.

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