CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Today the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) are excited to announce the development of a BCSFA Youth Council.
The Youth Council will be an extension of BCSFA and provide the salmon farming community with a youth perspective. The individuals in the council will focus on key objectives and projects and will act as advisors for concepts brought forth by BCSFA members.
“We are very excited to build a strong group of young people in the sector who want to make a positive difference,” says Michelle Franze, Manager of Communications, Partnerships and Community for BCSFA.
The idea for a Youth Council was brought forth to BCSFA by Kenny Leslie, Fry/First Feed Supervisor for Mowi Canada West and Brad Rempel, Farm Site Assistant Manager for Mowi Canada West. Kenny and Brad are also members of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) Emerging Leaders Council
“Having spent almost 2 years strongly involved and co-chairing the CAIA Council of Emerging Leaders in Aquaculture, I have long felt that we need to develop a voice of the youth for the BC Salmon Farmers,” says Kenny. “I feel that this is the right time to hear from all parts of our vibrant industry and to help make decisions for the future of our industry in BC.”
Participants in the council will be individuals under 35 who show leadership and are eager to make a positive impact on the BC salmon farming industry.
The BCSFA Youth Council will be an inclusive body and aims to have representation from all aspects of salmon farming.
“Aquaculture provides great opportunities for young people to grow their careers while caring for the environment, and this council will further enhance that,” says Michelle.