YOUTH AMBASSADORS

OUR YOUTH AMBASSADORS

Representing the provinces of Newfoundland &  Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Digitally Lit Youth Ambassadors are cherry-picked book-loving digital natives united in their love of Atlantic Canadian books.

 

These Youth Ambassadors are currently charged with:

 

  • Reading a minimum of one book published by an Atlantic Canadian publisher every three months and subsequently using the digital realm (filming vlogs, writing online blogs, discussing over social media; etc.) so as to familiarize other potential young readers.
  • Digitally networking with peer groups in their respective region.
  • Participating in youth-led community based research pilot strategy and co-leading interprovincial youth focus groups.
  • Representing the strategy as a youth spokesperson in their respective region.
  • Representing a broad and diverse range of peers from their region
  • Guiding and supporting an open, inclusive and respectful learning environment.

If this sounds like your type of part-time work, Digitally Lit is currently recruiting Youth Ambassadors between 13 and 25 years of age who reside in Atlantic Canada.

 

You can read our job description here.

We thank you for your interest in Digitally Lit.

Here are some of our Youth Ambassadors so far:

My name is Andre Fenton, and I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. For me, home is where the water is. So living in a coastal city has always filled my heart in the right ways.

 

I’ve always had a passion for writing across genres. Spoken word poetry, and YA fiction have always pulled my heartstrings, so those were the genres I knew I had to pursue. I had represented Halifax at 7 national poetry slams across Canada, and I am also an author of YA fiction. My first novel, Worthy of Love was released with Formac Publishing in fall of 2018, my second novel, ANNAKA will be released with Nimbus Publishing in June of 2020. I have won awards for books, and performance poetry. One of my biggest passions is creating diverse young adult fiction that represents the Nova Scotia that I know and love.

 

Andre Fenton (24)

As well as being a writer, I am also an arts educator, and have experience mentoring young people and helping them build their craft. As I navigate through this industry, I feel that it’s important to give back, by helping young up-and-coming writers and poets find their voice.  I am thrilled to be part of this great team of like-minded readers and writers. Being a Youth Ambassador is an important opportunity to help build bridges, and work towards having more people feel inspired by books.

 

Fun fact: Both my arms are double jointed, so I NEVER need a back-scratcher!

My name is Ainslie Gibbon and I currently live in Hillsvale, NS.

 

I'm originally from New Glasgow, but now reside in a tiny community just outside of Windsor, where I'm surrounded by all the nature I could ever want. I've been a part of multiple leadership programs/groups, such as WE Day Atlantic and PASTE, a group that organized events for the school it was part of. I'm also in something called Teens4Change, which is a smaller group looking to make the world a better place with acts of kindness, fundraising and larger projects to spread positive messages. I'm a tutor and an ardent reader, and I play the french horn as well as the trumpet. As a Grade 9 French immersion student, I'm looking forward to connecting with youth in both languages.

Ainslie Gibbon (14)

Fun Fact: Local author Daphne Greer once named a character after me in her book Camped Out.

Oliver Hallett (21)

My name is Oliver Hallett and I live in St. John's, NL.

 

While I was born in Ontario I've spent most of my life in Newfoundland, and I'm quite happy that I grew up here. I've been an avid reader from a young age, which led to me getting involved with multiple creative fields - most notably writing and acting. Many of my friendships got off the ground due to us enjoying the same books, and analysis of the stories we engage with is a regular topic of conversation. Over the past few years I've been engaging more and more with the local arts scene and I'm excited to expand that to include what I'm reading during my time as a Youth Ambassador.

 

FUN FACT: Most of my drawing experience comes from regularly decorating paper bags.

My name is Kaylee Harding, and I live in a small town called Ellershouse in Nova Scotia!

 

I adore both reading and writing. I love the lure of a good book and the late nights I stay up reading. In 2018, I wrote an essay for the legion Remembrance Day contest, and ended up winning third in my division for the whole country! I spend a great deal of my time reading and writing in different genres. However, Atlantic Canadian books will always hold a special place in my heart. There’s just something about reading the amazing books from authors in Atlantic Canada. They have so much success, it’s really inspiring.

 

Fun fact(s): I once went all the way to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg to learn about human rights and the Holocaust in particular.  I also play the flute, piano and I curl!

Kaylee Harding (14)

Hi, my name is Nolan Lohnes.  I’m 15 years old and attend Bayview Community School.  I live just outside of Mahone Bay Nova Scotia with my parents, my twin brother, and my dog, Dallas.

 

I’ve been a Youth Leader with the YMCA Leadership Program for the past four years doing volunteer work and fundraising and I also volunteer at my school’s mentorship program.  I have recently started a small business called “Nolan’s Candy Cave”, making and selling various flavors of taffy and rock candy. I’ve always been an avid reader and I’m very excited to be chosen as a Youth Ambassador for Digitally Lit.  I look forward to sharing the books I read with others.

 

Fun Fact:  I love creating and inventing and try to live by Walt Disney’s motto “if you can dream it, you can do it.”  Although I’ve tried many things, I most recently was able to ‘build’ a cotton candy machine using a tin can!

Nolan Lohnes (15)

Rachel Mclean (23)

My name is Rachel Mclean and I currently live in Gander, NL.

 

Living in St. John’s for four years of my university experience, I met some wonderfully diverse people and got to experience many diverse cultures. This made me appreciate my own culture, while pushing me to learn some more about it. Over the last year I have pushed myself to do this, specifically through my First Nation culture and that is what I think makes me an ideal Youth Ambassador. Circulating the education of my First Nation culture and my bilingualism will aid other members of Atlantic Canada to learn more about it, and that is what I am most excited about.

 

FUN FACT: I am the only person I know that can lick their elbow.

My name is Jessica Parsons and I currently live in Halifax, NS.

 

I grew up on the other side of the harbour in Dartmouth and have just moved back after living in Vancouver, BC for the past three years.

 

They say you never miss something until it’s gone and that’s how I felt about Atlantic Canada. Moving away gave me the distance to see the wonderful history, culture, and people that live here and just how unique we are to the world. I have always loved stories; reading them, writing them, daydreaming them on long car rides. Being a Youth Ambassador means being able

to celebrate and showcase the talented creators that come out of the areas I call home and understand the experiences and stories of different viewpoints around me. In doing this I hope to create a space where books can bring people of all backgrounds together under the canopy of where we live to broaden our ideas of what it means to create in Atlantic Canada.

 

FUN FACT:  I love collecting things. I don’t just read books, I collect them (or at least this is my excuse for having six different copies of the first Harry Potter book). When I was in elementary and had the chance to go to Scholastic Book Fairs, I wouldn’t buy books but I would buy those long, skinny erasers and collect them in a pencil case which I still have to this day.

Jessica Parsons (23)

Molly Powers (13)

My name is Molly Powers and I live in a beautiful community called Paradise in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

It is located just outside of St. John’s. In addition to being the most easterly point in North America, our province is widely known for its rich culture, musical heritage, kind hearted souls and of course its scenic views and delicious food. It is full of poets, authors and artistic talent known all around the world.

 

I love hanging out with friends, and, as a French Immersion student, reading and writing in English as well as learning to read and write in our nation’s second official language.  I also love trying new things like setting a vegetable garden with my family,

baking, and playing different musical instruments.

 

Being a Youth Ambassador empowers me to connect with other youth through social media and inspire them by reading works from local Atlantic Canadian authors.  I am so excited to be taking part in this role and I look forward to all of the new friends I will meet along the way.

 

FUN FACT(S): I have pet chickens, I love to kayak, I sew, I am an old soul and I recently learned how to knit.

Katie Shaw (17)

My name is Katie Shaw and I hail from Prince Edward Island.

 

Growing up in PEI, I have a deep appreciation of the beauty and culture of Atlantic Canada. I have been an avid reader all my life and am thrilled to have the chance to enjoy Digitally Lits' partner selection of East Coast writing! As a Grade 11 French Immersion student, I look forward to connecting with others and sharing the books I read… maybe even eventually in both official languages! Cheers!

FUN FACT: I am a competitive curler and I have represented PEI at four national events!

Lauren Stevens (20)

My name is Lauren Stevens and I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

I lived in Halifax up until 2016, when I moved to Toronto to do my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where I am still studying, though I am often back and forth between Toronto and Halifax. I’ve been apart of the bookstagram and book blogging community since 2015, in which I have worked with various international book publishers to promote and review young adult books, so I am very excited to continue this type of work by being a Youth Ambassador!

 

FUN FACT: I was a gymnast (in both artistic and power tumbling) for 12 years, and I competed on team Nova Scotia at competitions across the country!

Ellie Wilson (15)

My name is Ellie Wilson and I live in Moncton, New Brunswick.

 

I'm from a small community on the outskirts of Moncton, where I am surrounded by nature. I've grown up a fervent reader, which led to my love of language (I’m also a French Immersion student!) writing, acting, and public speaking. I enjoy playing different musical instruments, and painting.

 

Being a Youth Ambassador allows me share my love of reading, and inspire other youth with Atlantic Canadian works, through social media.

 

FUN FACT: I play 7 instruments with the cello as my main one. The others include piano, guitar, clarinet, violin, trombone, and ukulele.

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