Town of Hanover Selected as a Community Partner of New Rural Ontario Institute Project



Town of Hanover Selected as a Community Partner of New Rural Ontario Institute Project

Hanover - The Rural Ontario Institute is partnering with 10 different communities and community organizations from across Ontario on a new initiative: Municipal Internship: Youth Engagement Strategies.

Hanover feels honoured to be one of the community partners selected for the project. The other partners include; Timmins Youth Wellness Hub, Perth County, Northern Wellington (collaborative), South Huron, Wellington Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brock Youth Centre, the Municipality of South Dundas, Recreation Outreach Centre – Picton, and the City of Brockville.

Each partner has developed their own unique approach to youth engagement, tailored to address needs in the local community. The interns will be tasked with implementing local workplans. ROI will be working alongside the partner communities to provide a collaborative environment for the interns, including an in-person orientation session and an online platform for knowledge sharing.

“The workplans we reviewed from all 35 communities who submitted Expressions of Interest have been quite impressive,” says Project Lead, Ryan Deska. “Communities are looking at youth engagement from a number of different angles, from workforce development, to inclusivity, to health and well-being. It’s encouraging to see this kind of energy focused on better engaging youth in the future of their rural communities.”

Final reports from this project will be shared publicly following its completion, outlining promising practices and lessons learned.

“We are thrilled to collaborate on this initiative,” says Town of Hanover Economic Development Manager, April Marshall. “We will utilize the intern to develop youth engagement plans to further strategic priorities as they relate to youth, find innovative ways to share stories on youth doing cool things in our community and further engage youth on current community activities and initiatives, as well as assist us in our political engagement efforts.”

ROI will be working with these communities as their projects unfold to gather information and help share their experiences. The intent is to share these stories in a way that other communities might find helpful ideas and inspiration for their own well-being projects. Final reports and a final webinar will be shared publicly following the completion of this project.

The Rural Ontario Institute is a non-profit organization committed to developing leaders, initiating dialogue, supporting collaboration and promoting action on issues and opportunities facing rural and northern Ontario.
The 4-month youth internship will begin in May. Our ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, the ability to conduct research and experience working with youth (all people 15-29 years of age). For a complete job description, please visit

Please submit a cover letter and resume by mail, delivery service or email by Friday, April 5, 2019 at 4:00pm.

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Media Contact:
April Marshall
Economic Development Manager
Town of Hanover
519-364-2780 x 1253