He’s young, but he’s full of ideas on how to make life better for residents in McNab-Braeside. Oliver Jacob is seeking a Council seat in McNab-Braeside this October. Jacob says it was his efforts as a volunteer in the Provincial Election that convinced him.
Jacob has been both a summer student and a co-op student with the Town of Arnprior, and has taken some speciality courses in municipal government to broaden his knowledge about Council responsibilities. Jacob is one of five candidates for three council seats in McNab-Braeside in the October 22nd Municipal Election.
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A candidate in the Township of McNab/Braeside municipal race will be three provinces away should he win a seat on council.
Oliver Jacob said a few people have asked him how he plans to attend various township meetings and service constituent needs if he will be a full-time student at university in Nova Scotia. The skepticism comes as no surprise to the political science and history student at Acadia University, but the plan is not that unrealistic given the advancements in technology.
“I would need to be much more engaged in social media and pick up the slack that way,” Jacob said. “So I would participate in meetings electronically. It’s a system used in Nova Scotia for a few years now.”
More corporations hold meetings via teleconferencing, he said, as does the association of municipal clerks and others. Councillors away on vacation have also been known to join via Skype or another software program.
“I would participate in meetings electronically.”
He admits that bumping into constituents at the gas station, and hearing from elderly ones who don’t go online will be difficult. Jacob hopes other councillors would take care of that side. He would connect better with younger constituents and those engaged in social media.
Among his goals is to better inform youths about services and programs the township offers. The three-year high school co-op student at Arnprior Town Hall has spent the last three summers there taking feedback and complaints from public. He enjoys finding solutions for residents.
A longtime Liberal campaign volunteer, Jacob said he is guided by the party’s values — such as government can be a force for good in citizens’ lives — not any particular policy.
Many wait until retirement, when they have more free time, before offering to sit on municipal council. The full-time student has calculated the number of hours he expects to need for reading reports, preparing questions, talking with constituents, and is reasonably certain he can pull it off.
He has also sat on the voluntary planning advisory committee in the Town of Wolfville, N.S.
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On September 10, three days into the new school year, the Acadia Students’ Union (ASU) hosted Indspire Acadia as a means to promote conversation and dialogue among members of the Acadia community on reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.
Sparked by a desire to expand the conversation around reconciliation on campus, ASU Chairperson Oliver Jacob and Equity Officer Dena Williams spearheaded the initiative with the help of Donna Hurlburt, Acadia’s Aboriginal Students’ Advisor. “There is a Presidential Advisory Committee on Decolonization on campus that’s relatively new to Acadia. It was formed only last year,” Jacob said. “We wanted to jump off that and do something to keep the conversation going and focus on what faculty, staff and students can do and the conversations that should be started by them.”
The day-long program was packed full of activities, including: an introduction to and demonstrations of Indigenous arts and culture; a discussion on reconciliation; a Blanket Exercise; a Medicine Walk; and a bonfire with traditional storytelling to end the day. Members from local Indigenous groups were present to share their knowledge and included Mi’kmaq artist Melissa Labrador, Education Director for the Native Council of Nova Scotia April Hiltz, Mi’kmaq elders Viola Robinson and Joe B. Marshall, traditional medicine-maker Laurie Lacey, and Bear River First Nation storyteller Shalan Jodrey.
Approximately 60 students, staff and faculty attended the discussion on reconciliation, which focused on the big idea question, ‘What does reconciliation mean to Acadia?’
“We had facilitators from the ASU Students’ Representative Council lead the discussion so Aboriginal students in attendance could feel comfortable sharing their perspectives rather than leading the conversation,” Jacob said. “A lot of the non-Indigenous students spent time listening before sharing their opinions. They really seemed to appreciate the perspective of the Indigenous students and wanted to know what they could do.”
The session created a safe space for participants to share thoughts and opinions on what reconciliation means, and having a mix of students, faculty and staff allowed different perspectives to be shared. Ideas were written on sticky notes and handed to Think Link graphic artist Disa Kauk, who, throughout the discussion, worked on a graphic representation of ideas. Participants made a number of suggestions about how Acadia can support reconciliation, including: creating courses on Indigenous studies; creating permanent structures and support for Indigenous people on campus; and developing learning workshops
One of the Indspire Acadia participants was Acadia University’s President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Peter Ricketts. Before joining Acadia in July of this year, Ricketts was instrumental in developing Indigenous programming when he was Vice-President Academic and Provost at Carleton University in Ottawa.
"As Senator Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), said, education is what got us into this mess and education is what will get us out,” said Ricketts. “Our students hold the hope for a better future and I am so proud of the Acadia Students Association for organizing this Indspire Acadia event, and for being such an important part of the process to determine Acadia's appropriate response to the challenges of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission."
However, reconciliation “is a long-term process that deserves the dedication and commitment of various actors, including students, faculty, staff, administration and Indigenous community members to be successful,” Jacob said. “Indspire Acadia started the conversation and we look forward to seeing where it will lead on the path toward reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous peoples.”
The ASU will hold a second Indspire Acadia event in the New Year that will focus on mental health from an Indigenous perspective.
Pictured top, participants gather before taking part in the Blanket Exercise outside of University Hall. Photo by an Indigenous Student.
Pictured above, graphic representation from the discussion on reconciliation.
Oliver is a Grade 12 student at Arnprior District High School. He has been heavily involved in student leadership and volunteer work within his community including sitting on the Ministers Student Advisory Council in 2013-2014. He has been involved with Free The Children raising awareness for poverty and child labour in developing countries while teaching Canadian students that THEY are the leaders of today not tomorrow. This is what drew him to contribute to his local and global communities but more than that, he wants to make a difference in the lives of current and future generations. Oliver is committed to do what he can to create an environment where students can achieve excellence in anything they put their minds to by creating a safe learning environment that promotes diversity and leadership.
In Episode 4, Oliver talks about his experience with Students as Researchers. Students as Researchers is a project in which student teams (elementary or secondary) are trained to conduct collaborative inquiry research following the Tri-Council Policy Guidelines for Ethical Research Involving Humans. The first pilot project was held in 2012 in which a multicultural health and community-service centre, Access Alliance, adapted their action research resource for use with elementary and secondary school students. In the project and in all training that followed, teams of 4 students and 1 teacher participated in training sessions held over two days (ideally), made a good start on developing their research question and methods and laid out a basic plan for next steps. Upon returning to their schools, teams would refine their question and methodology, secure research ethics approval, collect and analyze data and share their research findings with their school and school board and the ministry. In 2013, Students as Researchers teams shared their research findings with their peers, educators, and ministry staff at a conference hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Education. In this episode, Oliver describes his experience as a member of a Students as Researcher team and later, his experience as a Youth Facilitator at a Students as Researchers training session.
The Students as Researchers toolkit and videos can be accessed here.
As our final assembly of the 2015/2016 school year, presenters Al and Renia Calhoun taught our students how to square dance and each of our grades had the opportunity to participate in the community-building amusement that square dancing provides. Our last assembly was also supported by a Speak Up grant from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
ARNPRIOR – As their last assembly of Semester One, a dedicated team of Arnprior District High School students and staff organized a whole-school assembly to teach their fellow students about exam stress and the ways that they could use to lessen their anxiety.
Students were introduced to the stereotypical view of exam stress through the use of a humorous Mr. Bean video before they got the chance to text or tweet how they were feeling right now in preparation for Semester One exams. Through the use of Poll Everywhere software, students could submit their answer to the question; “Describe how you are feeling right now” and it would show up on the screen in the form of a word cloud or Wordle.
“It was really amazing to see the interactive student voice aspect of the activity in action.” says Oliver Jacob - one of the organizers and Minister of Character Development in the ADHS Student Council. Jacob further shared that, “Students really got creative while staying on topic with the words or phrases that they submitted.”
Presenters Oliver Jacob, Kirsten Trafford and Nic Edge provided nine different strategies for students to cope with the stress and anxiety that they feel around exam time, including mindfulness meditation, listening to music, exercising, doing yoga, eating something healthy, and the Mindshift app. The Mindshift app provides a technological option for students to learn more about exam stress and its symptoms, meditation strategies, and tests to see how stressed you really are.
The assembly finished off with an inspiration pitch from science teacher Peter Cudmore who shared his experience with exam stress and how he got over it, through the use of Butterscotch Candies. He shared that as long as you have butterscotch candies for your exam, you will be fine. It is an exercise in projecting your stress onto an object and convincing yourself that you will be successful if you always have the candies.
Staff adviser and ADHS Vice-Principal Angie McGrath said that "the objective of our assembly was to help ease the stress of the student body and to reassure them there are ways to help lessen their anxiety and stress during exam time”, and she believes that the assembly was successful in its goal to create a safe space so that it is “ok to talk about it (stress and anxiety) and to transfer the energy felt into working through the experience to meet your goal."
FOR THE PAST YEAR WE’VE ALL BEEN TAKING ACTION, BOTH LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY. RIGHT NOW, WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF YOUR AMAZING STORIES.
FIRST UP… OLIVER JACOB! OLIVER SINGLE-HANDEDLY CREATED A FREE THE CHILDREN GROUP IN HIS HIGH SCHOOL, AND IS PASSIONATE ABOUT STUDENTS FINDING AND USING THEIR VOICE. NOT ONLY DOES HE WORK TO MAKE THE LIVES OF RENFREW COUNTY RESIDENTS BETTER, HE ALSO RAISES AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR ALTERNATIVE INCOME IN GHANA. WELCOME TO THE STAGE, OLIVER!
OLIVER, WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS SO ADMIRABLE!
THANKS SPENCER! AND THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER STORIES HERE OF KIDS TAKING ACTION. LIKE BRYCE DESROCHERS!
BRYCE HAS CEREBRAL PALSY AND USES A WHEELCHAIR… AND HAD A DREAM OF BEING ABLE TO PLAY BASEBALL WITHOUT HIS CHAIR GETTING STUCK IN THE FIELD. HE FUNDRAISED FOR OVER THREE YEARS, AND THIS PAST AUGUST, HIS ACCESSIBLE BALL DIAMOND OFFICIALLY OPENED. NOW, BRYCE PLAYS BALL ONCE A WEEK! BRYCE, THANK YOU FOR CREATING AN ACCESSIBLE SPACE FOR OTHER KIDS IN WHEELCHAIRS!
By Ryan Paulsen, Daily Observer Saturday, October 10, 2015 3:19:58 EDT PM
They may not be able to vote yet, but students at Arnprior District High School got an up-close and personal look at four of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke's federal candidates in the 2015 federal election on Wednesday morning, Oct. 7.
Hector Clouthier (independent), Stefan Klietsch (Green), Jeff Lehoux (Liberal) and Dan McCarthy (NDP) answered questions on tuition, healthcare, seniors and the economy in a mostly orderly exchange moderated by ADHS student council minister for character development Oliver Jacob.
“We wanted to give students the chance to really see what politicians are saying,” said Jacob as students began filing into the gym ahead of the debates' start, pointing out that turnout for the 2011 election's Student Vote exercise was historically low.
“Only 38.8 per cent of eligible students actually cast a ballot,” says Jacob.
Each candidate was given an allotment of time to respond to each question, and also had a “wild card” marker, which they could trade in to get an extra response outside of the normal speaking order. The only two candidates who ended up using their wild cards by the end of the debate were Lehoux and Clouthier, who traded barbs on the efficacy of an independent candidate. Lehoux asserted that without party support, an independent MP is virtually voiceless in the House of Commons, while Clouthier countered that without having to wait for party leadership approval, an Independent MP could introduce promote a private member's bill with no interference from higher-ups, giving a more locally focused voice to the Parliamentary process.
For at least one group of students attending the event, having federal candidates on hand to explain their platforms and the process was an enlightening experience.
“I thought it was really good,” said one Grade 10 student after gathering for a group photo with Clouthier. “I'm not usually into politics, but this got me interested.”
The next all-candidates debate is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Cobden Agricultural Hall in Cobden.
Arnprior, ON – The youth and adult allies of the Renfrew County Youth Network (RCYN) committee will be holding an Amplify! 2014 - Fall Session next month as a follow-up to their spring event.
They will be hosting the same students from their spring session on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at Opeongo High School in Douglas, ON. Funding has been provided by the Renfrew County United Way and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The motivational band Live Different will be attending to inspire the students to create change in their communities. Students will not only be entertained by the sensational music but they will also be motivated by the stories of the presenters.
After Live Different’s presentation, the youth will attend two of the three learning workshops; Addressing Bullying, Mental Health and Wellness, or Healthy Relationships, where they will be taught by experts in each of the fields. After inspiring them in the spring, this event is meant to educate the youth on the topics that they have identified as most important.
In the spring, the RCYN committee held their first Amplify! 2014 youth event at Algonquin College in Pembroke where 20 youth facilitators and 40 adult allies came together to inspire around 80 youth to make a difference by providing their ideas and opinions.
Interested in learning more about RCYN and Amplify! 2014? Check them out on Facebook, follow them on Twitter (@RCYouthNetwork), visit the Thrive4Youth website at http://thrive4youth.com/amplify or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madawaska Valley District High School student Theresa Paplinskie was having issues with her presentation leading up to her campaign speech during the May 1 Renfrew County public school board s tudent trustee election.
When mentioned the reigning 2014 Miss Teen Ontario East should be used to speaking in front of people (like the 300 people, judges and fellow contestants packed in to the Renfrew Recreation Centre during the April 6 Miss Teen Ontario pageant), Paplinskie responded a touch nervously, "yeah, but this is a different atmosphere."
But thanks to the help of fellow candidate, Arnprior District High School's Oliver Jacob, Paplinskie's presentation went off without a hitch and shortly after the election she was named the 2014-2015 RCDSB student trustee.
Paplinskie had stiff competition during the election from candidates like Jacob, who currently sits on the Ministry's (of Education) Student Advisory Committee, Fellowes High School's Burgundy Morgan and Opeongo High School's Patrick Weller. All four candidates are leaders in their schools and contributors to their communities.