Welcome to the Saskatchewan Party Youth
The Saskatchewan Party Youth have been off to an exciting start in the New Year. On March 10 we hosted our Annual General Meeting, which was well attended by youth members from across the province. Guest speakers included Rick Mantey, Cabinet Secretary for the Government of Saskatchewan, who spoke about his experience in government and recent plans to utilize everything from Apple iPads to new software in order to ensure our government operates as efficiently as possible. Peter McCaffery, a policy analyst with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, spoke about his experiences in New Zealand, and their successful efforts to reform post-secondary student unions. Our keynote speaker for this year’s AGM was Hon. Tim McMillan, Minister Responsible for Crown Investments Corporation, who addressed our members with a speech titled: "Less is More: How Small Governments Expand Freedom."
The Saskatchewan Party Youth has also recently selected a new executive whose members hail from across the province. Our new executives look forward to building upon the strong gains made by Chrissy Magneson, past-President of two years, who has moved on to tackle new horizons as a communications specialist at Claude Resources Incorporated.
Newly elected members include: Christopher Thresher, President; Kristen Swan, Vice President; Laine Goertz, Secretary; Theo Bryson, Treasurer; Nolan Blackstock, Communications; Brennen Schmidt, Regina Rep; Afroditi Papageorgiu, Saskatoon Rep; Bryce Huffman, North West Rep; Steven Heidel, North East Rep; Ellen Glaze, South East Rep; Kaitlyn Blackmer, South West Rep.
Our newly elected executive plans on launching an aggressive youth recruitment strategy aimed at renewing our membership, including an expansion of the University of Saskatchewan Campus Club and the reestablishment of our Regina Club. We also plan to host several new fundraisers in conjunction with elected MLAs over the course of the year, all on top of managing and expanding the social events for which we’ve become well known.
We look forward to keeping the party up-to-date as we begin an exciting new year.
- Christopher Thresher, President, Saskatchewan Party Youth
Above: Several members of the Sask Party Youth Executive with Regina Northeast MLA Kevin Doherty at the 2013 Saskatchewan Party Annual Convention..
President: Mitch Cooper
Vice-President: Annie Dormuth
Secretary: Afroditi Papageorgiu
Treasurer: Michelle Lang
Communications: Sean Wilson
Saskatoon: Dustin Bisson
Regina: Meagan Lane
North East: Kristy Black
North West: Ben Copeland
South East: Jean Luc Desjardins
South West: Kaitlyn Blackmer
University of Regina
President: Annie Dormuth
University of Saskatchewan
President: Kaitlyn Blackmer
"I didn't become interested in politics until first year of University. My parents were not directly involved when I was younger, so I began to discover who I was politically on my own. It was not until the beginning my third year of University that I realized that the Saskatchewan Party best matched my personal aspirations for the larger community politically. After working for the Entrepreneurial Foundation of Saskatchewan as a summer, I soon became more involved and contacted the President of the Saskatchewan Party Youth. I started going to events and helping with door knocking. I have learned more about the provincial government and politics than I ever did in a University class through hands on experience."
- Nicole Kozar
"I got involved in politics because I feel that can actually make a difference in how government works. And in this province, with all the resources we have at our disposal, we could potentially rival Alberta as the richest province in Canada. And as the youth, we are the future of this province and it is up to us to invest in this future."
- Bryan-Edward Taylor
"I first became interested in politics in the late 1990's when it was becoming increasingly clear that the government of the day in this province, more specifically the NDP, was turning a blind eye to the many problems that people in rural Saskatchewan faced. Hospitals were being neglected, roads were falling apart, property taxes were sky-high and there was zero support for agriculture producers in times of greatest need. As I finished high school and entered university I decided to become actively involved in politics as a means of getting things done for not only rural Saskatchewan but for everyone living in this great province."
- Kris Cherewyk
"After moving to Regina to go to business school, I started to get involved with the Saskatchewan Party campus club. At this time, the provincial election was right around the corner. By volunteering for the Regina constituencies, we developed a great community among all the supporters. The Saskatchewan Party has brought positive change to this province that betters life for everyone living in here and that makes me proud that I am involved with the Saskatchewan Party."
- Theo Bryson
"'Smaller, less intrusive, and more efficient government' is one of the Saskatchewan Party's eight guiding principles and one I believe our government has embraced. Since 2007, our government has reduced debt, slashed taxes across the board, balanced labour legislation, addressed the size of the civil service, and backed innovation and change in health care. Actions speak louder than words; that's why I'm a member of the Saskatchewan Party and a strong supporter of our Premier and government."
- Christopher C. Thresher