Written by the Newmarket—Aurora Youth Council’s Supporting Local Working Group

The NewmarketAurora Youth Council is an opportunity for youth to learn about Canada’s political process, discuss their viewpoints on issues, and most importantly, get involved in their communities.

By doing this, we are working on learning about our government and benefit our communities as a whole. Our council meets via Zoom once a month, while our specific working groups (supporting local, health and mental health, arts and culture, environmental and climate change, and social justice) meet more often.

From the meetings, we, as youth members of our community, are given the opportunity to have an important voice in our government and to focus on benefiting our community in a specific way.

The Supporting Local working group of the NewmarketAurora Youth Council has been busy working on our blog initiative. Here, you can find information about why it is important to support local, how we do it, our goals, the chosen business of the week, and some helpful links.

We must support our local businesses during the pandemic, as they are seriously struggling. Local businesses are part of the foundations of communities. They provide jobs for citizens, help the local economy, and allow owners to channel their creativity into a business, among other things. In summary, we must all work together to protect and support our local businesses, as they are very important to our community.

Supporting local businesses has always been an important thing to do. Supporting local can mean shopping at your farmers market, supporting local family-owned restaurants, and purchasing products from locally established businesses. However, now more than ever, it is important to make sure that these local businesses remain at the forefront of the citizens of NewmarketAurora minds.

COVID-19 has severely impacted local businesses, and they need us more than ever. This is why we have chosen to help highlight and drive traffic to help support these businesses. We plan to use several social media platforms to bring awareness to the importance of supporting local and highlight different businesses within our community.
 
The Supporting Local group recognizes the significance and value that small businesses everywhere bring to their community. Our goal is to aid small businesses in the Newmarket and Aurora area during the challenging time of the COVID 19 pandemic so they can continue to make our neighbourhoods special and vibrant.