Inspirational young Nelsonians share their stories



Young Nelsonians who create positive change will take center stage at an event designed to inspire others to do the same.

Funded by Nelson City Council and Ara Taiohi, “Young and Inspired – Living My Dream” celebrates the accomplishments of eight young people. They will share their stories – the circumstances and challenges they encountered and overcome, and the choices they made along the way.

The presenters, all under the age of 24, were all born or raised in the Nelson area.

This year’s speakers include:

– Rohan O’Neill-Stevens, community activist, activist, resource management commissioner and youngest councilor in Nelson City Council
– Sophie Weenink Smith, a 15-year-old who works to make a difference through youth activism and affirmative action, and
– Alexia Bowers, founder of The Little Animal Rescue, and although only 16, has been studying at university since she was 14.

A full list of biographies of all presenters is available at Nelson City presents its Facebook page.

Andrew White, director of community services for the council group, said each presenter has a unique perspective and story to tell.

“These are young people who identified their passions, what they want to achieve, and came out and pursued those goals. Their diverse range of stories shows that there is no one way to make your dreams come true. ”

The event is strictly alcohol, drug and smoke free and suitable for people aged 14 and over. A light supper will be served during the intermission.

Young and Inspired is free to attend, however, those interested are encouraged to reserve their place through Eventbrite,

Young and Inspired will take place on Saturday May 15 at the Suter Theater from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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