The youngest person to hold the Youth Representative position in Altona Council is stepping out of his role.  

After two terms, Avery Fehr says he appreciates his time with Council.  

“It was fun. I enjoyed being with all the council members,” says Fehr. “No matter what, they're always taking your thoughts and listen[ing] to what you have to say. That’s important because that’s the idea of being youth rep — to frame all your thoughts.” 

Fehr leaves behind a legacy of fostering the connection between Altona youth and its council. In Fehr’s 2022-23 term, he was tasked with surveying the community's young people for their thoughts on local green spaces. 

In a prior interview, Mayor Harv Schroeder said that Fehr, who entered his position as an eighth grader, completed his project in earnest.  

“When we gave him a task, he fulfilled it. He went to ask questions in school, from friends and family and teachers, and came back with a report.” 

Throughout his tenure, Fehr brought matters from Council to his peers, and vice versa.  

“I asked my friends a lot of questions, so I would . . . go up to them and get their opinion on an idea that Council asked me to do, or if [Council] had any questions, I'd ask them. If there [was] anything [my friends] needed me to ask Council, then I'd write it down and bring it and ask those questions for them.” 

It was a period of hands-on education for Fehr.  

"You learn a lot about how your local government is [formed] and what they all do, all the jobs that they have.” 

Because the same topics tend to resurface at town council meetings, Fehr was able to gain insight into the logistics of local governance.    

“Every time they talked about [a matter], it got . . . easier to understand, . . . and after a while, I was like ‘oh, so this is how they do it. This is what they do, this is how it affects the town, and how they [make] all these decisions.’” 

Fehr recommends the Youth Representative position to other young people in the community, but only if they have the time — sometimes council meetings can be long.  

What’s next for Fehr? "Grade 10," he says. 

~With files from Candace Derksen~