Young-Rural-Resilient

Meet the Changemakers of Rural Ontario

Autumn Brissette, Alvinston

2022 Rural Change Maker

Sampoorna Bhattacharya, Ottawa-Guelph

ROI Rural Change Maker Program Lead

Jason Robinson

Data Analyst and among 30 under 30 Change Makers of 2021.

Danielle Stewart, White River

2022 Rural Change Maker

Ivana Costantino, Sudbury

2022 Rural Change Maker

Elle Halliday, Lanark

2021 Rural Change Maker

Alexis Kuper, Mapleton-Minto

2021 Rural Change Maker

Emily Kyle, Brant

2021 Rural Change Maker

Morgan Dykstra, South Huron

2021 Rural Change Maker

Patrick Verkley, Middlesex

2021 Rural Change Maker

Sadie Mees, Trent Hills

2021 Rural Change Maker

Jacqueline Villeneuve, Hammer

2021 Rural Change Maker

Maggie McBride, Exeter

2021 Rural Change Maker

Kaylee Coverdale, Freelton

2021 Rural Change Maker

Oliver Jacob, Renfrew

2021 Rural Change Maker

Erin Cartan, Timmins

2021 Rural Change Maker

Jackie & Jessica Easson, Haldimand

2021 Rural Change Maker

Forrest Heard, Algoma

2021 Rural Change Maker

Emilie Leneveu, Quinte West

2021 Rural Change Maker

Michelle Lutsch, Stoney Point

2021 Rural Change Maker

Autumn Brissette, Alvinston

2022 Changemaker

Sampoorna Bhattacharya, Guelph-Ottawa

ROI Rural Change Maker Program Lead

Jason Robinson

Data Analyst and among top 30 under 30 Change Makers of 2021.

Danielle Stewart

2022 Rural Change Maker

Ivana Costantino

2022 Rural Change Maker

Elle Halliday, Lanark

2021 Rural Change Maker

Alexis Kuper-Mapleton-Minto

2021 Rural Change Maker

Emily Kyle, Brant

2021 Rural Change Maker

Morgan Dykstra, South Huron

2021 Rural Change Maker

Patrick Verkley, Middlesex

2021 Rural Change Maker

Sadie Mees, Trent Hills

2021 Rural Change Maker

Jacqueline Villeneuve, Hammer

2021 Rural Change Maker

Maggie McBride, Exeter

2021 Rural Change Maker

Kaylee Coverdale, Freelton

2021 Rural Change Maker

Oliver Jacob, Renfrew

2021 Rural Change Maker

Erin Cartan, Timmins

2021 Rural Change Maker

Jackie and Jessica Eason, Halidmand

2021 Rural Change Maker

Forrest Heard, Algoma

2021 Rural Change Maker

Emilie Lenevue, Qunite West

2021 Rural Change Maker

Michelle Lutsch, Stoney Point

2021 Rural Change Maker

The Rural Ontario Institute’s Rural Change Maker Program is growing. This program supports young people in rural Ontario ages of 19 – 34 to build confidence and capacity in community changemaking.

For nearly a decade ROI has supported over 40 emerging leaders from all corners of Ontario through youth-focused programming to help them make a difference in their communities, based on self-identified community needs, hopes and goals.

The past few years have been quite difficult for many young people, but especially so for rural youth. We have learned much from our Rural Change Makers and discovered the needs of our young people have been profoundly impacted by the Pandemic, particularly youth in rural and remote regions, Indigenous youth and youth with barriers who face uniquely different experiences, opportunities and challenges.

To bridge youth-identified gaps and better serve the diverse needs, hopes and dreams of young people in rural Ontario we are re-tooling our upcoming program for 2023 and undertaking research about rural youth in Ontario.

As part of this evaluation, we are listening! Listening to what rural youth need. What matters to you. What you hope for. What you love about your communities and how we can wrap opportunities around those aspirations to create spaces for leadership, growth, respect, inclusion, discovery and belonging. We want to connect with you, which is why this space is dedicated to Young, Resilient, Rural Ontario youth. To you! Celebrating you and learning about your community!

Take the Young, Rural Resilient Survey and LEAD CHANGE in your community.

Change starts with you, and takes all of us!

The Rural Ontario Institute is grateful for the support received through the Trillium Foundation, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Libro Credit Union.

ROI believes in a thriving rural Ontario that invests in the next generation of rural leaders and supports opportunities for leadership, community development, diversity, inclusion, discovery and belonging. That’s why we are undertaking an evaluation of our Rural Changemaker Program to:

  • Explore where rural youth are gathering in their communities.
  • Investigate the hardships faced by youth in rural communities in Ontario.
  • Understand the aspirations of youth in rural communities.
  • Discover youth perspectives of self-confidence, leadership, community development and sense of belonging in relation to rural communities in Ontario.

Stay tuned for the Young, Rural, Resilient Report!

ROI Wants to Hear From You!

What do you love about your community?

What do you need to live, grow and thrive in your hometown?

Help shape our Rural Change Maker program that grows the next generation of leaders in rural Ontario!

Timeline of Planned Activities

May - Sept. 2022

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Evaluation

Informing Change

Connect with us and share your story as a young, rural and resilient person in Ontario. Share your voice, insight and experience to inform the next Changemaker program.

Aug-Sept 2022

Listening Tour

Inspiring Change

Join us for a series of in-person and virtual discussions throughout rural and remote Ontario, about what it means to be young, rural and resilient.

Oct-Nov 2022

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Designed Alliance

Co-Designing Change

Join the conversation and discover new opportunities for growth, leadership and belonging as we unviel a re-designed program plan for the Rural Change Makers Program.

Jan-Apr. 2023

Exchange

Becoming Change

Join Rural Change Makers for an Exchange Event and become the change you want to see in your community.