Carleton EURUS Student Named to the Prime Minister’s First Youth Council

Carleton University’s Aaron Taylor a master’s student in the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) has been selected from thousands of applicants to be a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.

“For me, this represents an incredible opportunity to serve my country and be a voice for our generation,” said Taylor. “It is very exciting to be part of a group of 15 young people who will have the chance to influence and affect change at our country’s highest level of government. Never before has any Canadian youth had such an opportunity, and to be part of the inaugural group is truly a dream come true.”

The inaugural council, made up of 15 members, was chosen based on leadership, creativity, diversity, as well as each individual’s current and anticipated contributions to the community and the country. The council will work together to amplify the voices of diverse groups of youth across Canada, and to generate fresh and innovative ideas.

“We are very proud of Aaron’s nomination to the Prime Minister’s Youth Council,” said Achim Hurrelmann, director of EURUS. “Aaron is smart, inquisitive and globally oriented. We are convinced that he will have much to contribute to the council. We hope that the interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives emphasized in his MA will help him in his role as ambassador for young people.”

Working together with other young Canadians, council members will have a unique opportunity to discuss, explore, debate and share perspectives on national issues such as employment, access to education, strong communities, climate change and clean growth.

The council will meet in Ottawa from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30, 2016.

About Aaron Taylor

Taylor is from Debert, N.S., a rural community in Colchester County. This past year, he graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies. During his four years at Dalhousie, he was involved with numerous student-led societies and initiatives. He has a passion for language acquisition and speaks seven fluently. This past year, Taylor was recognized by the Dalhousie community as one of the top five students in regards to academics and outstanding contributions in the extracurricular realm. He was accepted to Carleton’s Master of Arts program with EURUS in March last year. He chose Carleton because of the tremendous opportunities that are available there, and the faculty’s commitment to their students.

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