Hello fellow MSYPs, I’m excited to be sending out my very first Vice Chair update. I would just like to start off by saying a massive thank you for allowing me to stand and address you all in my candidacy speech, and of course for electing me as your Vice Chair- it’s going to be a fantastic year ahead.
Since SYP54 in Shetland, I’ve been gradually getting used to my new role and learning something new every day. On Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd July, your new Board Members met together for the very first time to take part in Board training. It was a fantastic two days of learning more about SYP and the roles of the wonderful staff team, as well as a fantastic opportunity to bond together as a group and discuss the key things we would like to achieve this year. As Trustees, we were all assigned with our portfolios for the year, which are as follows:
- Louise Cameron MSYP, Chair – No specific portfolio – overall responsibility for organisation.
- Terri Smith MSYP, Vice Chair – Responsible for UK & International work and joint responsibility for communications in addition to other duties.
- David McLaughlin MSYP, Trustee – Lead Board Member for Public Affairs and the Procedures Group.
- Rachael McCully MSYP, Trustee – Lead Board Member for Youth Engagement.
- Sian Hughes MSYP, Trustee – Lead Board Member for Local Authorities & Voluntary Organisations.
- David Stewart MSYP, Trustee – Lead Board Member for Projects.
While July has been a busy month, it has also been was used to recover from Shetland and settle into our new roles. I hope this time next month there will be even more exciting news around what I’ve been doing as Vice Chair.
Locally, I have started to collate the data from my local consultation on, “if you had one wish for the local area what would it be?” This was exciting as it allowed me to initiate discussion with so many young people about what matters to them the most. I also ran ten different engagement sessions locally and finally hit my personal target of registering over 100 young people to vote.
July was a fantastic month for me locally and young people were really at the forefront of the work I’ve been taking on. Therefore, I would like to take a moment to thank all of my constituents for their continued support.
I’d like to introduce this section with my personal favourite inspirational quote – “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.
Remember to laugh…
Thank you for all the jokes which have been submitted to me. There were some real ‘belters’, but I have chosen the ones that made me laugh the most. Thumbs up to the following MSYPs and I hope they make you laugh like me.
- Mason Rowan MSYP – A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm. “Pint please”, he asks, “And one for the road.”
- Chris Smith MSYP – “What do you call a dead parrot?” – Polygone
- Grant Macleod MSYP – “Two TV aerials met on the roof and fell in love. The wedding was terrible, but the reception was great.”
- Jordan Linden MSYP – “Why are seagulls called seagulls? Because if they landed on the bay, they’d be bagels?”
Once again, there has been some incredible work going on over the last month and I would like to give a quick mention to the following MSYPs for their efforts:
- Louise Cameron MSYP – not only was Louise elected as our Chair but she made the entire organisation feel incredibly proud when she sang at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
- Jamie MacLeod MSYP and Martyna Napierskaa MSYP both attended the UKYP Sitting in Lancaster representing the young people of Scotland.
- Nairn McDonald MSYP was successfully elected as the Conveners’ Representative on the Board.
- Struan King MSYP and Robbie Nicoll MSYP presented a successful Members Motion on PSHE at SYP54.
- Nicola Bruley MSYP presented a successful Members Motion on banning smoking in cars with children at SYP54.
Those are just some of the incredible things MSYPs have been up to over the last month.
Keep up the fantastic work
I would finally just like to say a massive well done to all the MSYPs who have volunteered at Glasgow 2014, well done to all the new Conveners and Deputy Conveners, Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and anyone who has volunteered their time and effort in the last month.
That’s all from me for the lovely month of July. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer holidays and as always, any questions, queries or comments, feel free to get in contact with me.
Terri Smith MSYP
Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament