St. Lawrence College Explores Empowering Youth in Politics

January 10, 2023
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – St. Lawrence College (SLC) is inviting members of the Cornwall campus community and the general public to hear from leaders who will discuss the engagement of young Canadians in politics.

Cornwall Community Connection Series: Empowering Youth in Politics

“The event is part of the SLC Community Connection Series, which reflects the College’s commitment to engaging with community while helping advance topics that are relevant to our students and our partners,” says Dr. Richard Wiggers, Dean of the Cornwall Campus and moderator for the event. “SLC aims to collaborate on solutions while fostering relationships that help build thriving communities on and off our campuses in Eastern Ontario.”

The speakers at the Empowering Youth in Politics event are as follows:

  • Senator Bernadette Clement – Canadian Senate
  • Mayor Justin Towndale – City of Cornwall
  • Dr. Richard Wiggers – SLC, Dean of the Cornwall Campus

From student governments, to municipal, provincial, and federal elections, the lives of youth are impacted by the representatives, parties and leaders that are elected. Traditionally, young people have been less inclined to register and vote than older citizens. Are those trends changing? How can we fully engage and empower youth in politics at all levels of our society? Questions will include whether the voting age should be lowered, voting be made compulsory, and more.  

Event Details

  • Cornwall Community Connection Series: Empowering Youth in Politics
    • Thursday January 19, 2023
    • 4:30 to 6:00pm
    • CSU Shark Tank, Aultsville Building, St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus

This is a free community event open to the public, however space is limited, and attendees are asked to register ahead of time. Light refreshments will be served.

About St. Lawrence College

St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario, with campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall. St. Lawrence College consistently ranks as one of Ontario’s leading community colleges, preparing students for the global economy with relevant, practical, and experiential learning opportunities. Offering over 100 full-time programs, St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 10,000 full-time students and more than 100,000 alumni.

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St. Lawrence College is featured in the 2022 Year in Review report by Cornwall Economic Development.

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