Two university students are capitalizing on their chance to help shape Calgary for the future.
Both Andrew Sedor and Derek Pomreinke presented their ideas to council on Tuesday during the Plan It Calgary hearing.
Sedor, 20, is going into his fourth year of the University of Calgary’s urban studies program, while Pomreinke, 23, has just graduated from the same program.
“I thought it was very important that people my age and the younger generation, who aren’t typically known for being very proactive in stuff like city governance, to point out that there are people from my generation that do care,” Pomreinke says.
Sedor says he feels more youth need to be more involved in city government and decisions.
“A lot of youth don’t show up to these events,” says Sedor. “Youth need more representation. I do think more youth actually need to come out and get their voice heard.”
Both Sedor and Pomreinke presented in favour of Plan It Calgary.
Aldermen reaction to the young presenters was mixed.
“I guess they (presented) a limited position because they don’t know what it is like to have a family,” says Ward 10 alderman Andre Chabot.
“I thought those guys were great. I think they brought a really good perspective because ultimately what we’re talking about here is building a city for them,” says Brian Pincott, alderman for Ward 11.