25th May 2024

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Mayor wants to encourage young people into politics

Mayor wants to encourage young people into politics

The Mayor of Kettering has spent her year visiting schools and youth groups, sharing the importance of community and encouraging young people to make a difference.

Cllr Fedorowycz was the youngest Mayor of Kettering, the first from the Green Party and the first with Ukrainian heritage.

Councillor Emily Fedorowycz said, "I hope young people in Kettering feel more inspired that making a positive change is within their power, and after seeing a young female take on the Mayoral position, knowing that they could do it one day too.

"We need more young people in politics, in the room, sharing their ideas and helping shape their local area. Their passion and creativity is so integral to creating a vibrant town that will continue to grow and flourish."

Cllr Emily Fedorowycz has also worked to raise both awareness of and funds for the Midland Langar Seva Society and Accommodation Concern in Kettering.

The total now stands at just over £4,000, thanks to a range of creative fundraising ideas including a quiz about Kettering, International Women's Day and chilli evening.

She has had a busy year as the First Citizen of Kettering, representing the people of the town and attending around 250 engagements since she was elected in May 2023.

Events have included the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, church services, business and shop openings, talking to Scouts, Guides and young people about the Mayoralty, attending concerts and theatre performances as well as taking part in Remembrance Day services and turning on the Christmas lights.

Cllr Fedorowycz said, "Looking back on this last year, I honestly wouldn't change a thing. I have lived in Kettering all my life and have still been utterly astounded by how many great things we have going on. I really hope people have enjoyed coming along with me on the journey, learning more about their town and hopefully being inspired to get out and see more of it.

"I'm so grateful though for the people we have locally because it is the people that make Kettering more than anything. Our community is like no other and the way we support one another makes me incredibly proud of our town."

Cllr Fedorowycz' year in office will end this month, and a new Mayor will be elected for the coming year at Kettering Town Council's Annual Council meeting in May.

Councillors will also elect a Deputy Mayor at this time, who can attend events in the absence of the Mayor.

The Mayor chairs meetings of full Council and is also the First Citizen of the town of Kettering.

Posted: Tue, 14 May 2024 12:30 by Emma Dezelu

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