Moneyrea’s Linzi is new Rural Youth Europe chair

ELECTED: YFCU member Linzi Stewart follows a legacy of members, having been elected as Chair of Rural Youth Europe.

THE Young Farmer’s Clubs of Ulster is extremely pleased to announce that Linzi Stewart from Moneyrea Young Farmers’ Club has been elected as the Chair of Rural Youth Europe via its first ever Online General Assembly.

Linzi has big shoes to fill as the last YFCU member to hold the position was Health Minister Robin Swann.

Linzi commented: ‘‘I am incredibly grateful for the support and opportunities afforded to me so far, and I believe that we are just getting started. I am forever grateful for the endless support and encouragement from my own organisation, Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, who have been behind me throughout my time on the RYEurope board, and duly nominate me for the position of Chairman.

“I am also incredibly thankful for the support of the wider Rural Youth Europe network and in the Rural Youth Europe board to date.

The next few years are uncertain yet exciting and I truly believe that together we can achieve great things.”

Rural Youth Europe (RYEurope) is an European non-governmental organisation for rural youth. Established in 1957, it functions as an umbrella for youth organisations working to promote and activate young people in the countryside, providing international training poss-ibilities and works as an intermediary between national organisations, youth organisations and public institutions on an European level. Rural Youth Europe is a member-led organisation: democratically constituted and led by young people for young people.

Linzi went on to say: “The past few months have been a challenging and uncertain time for us all, yet there has never been a more exciting time to be at the helm of such an incredible youth organisation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board to date; first as regional board member for Group 1 and, for the last two years, as Vice Chairman. During this time I have learnt lots, developed personally and professionally and become even more motivated to ‘break boundaries and build bridges’ for rural youth across Europe.

“There have been many challenges, not least navigating the unchartered waters that 2020 has brought so far, yet I welcome the opportunity to continue the works started and lead the organisation towards a bigger, brighter and stronger future.

“There are many exciting plans in the pipeline and I believe that, together with the board, staff and member organisations and wider network, Rural Youth Europe can, and will, emerge stronger from this global pandemic. The need to be relevant, for change, for recognising and celebrating all aspects of rural life for young people has never been so great, and I know that I can be instrumental in ensuring Rural Youth Europe plays a key role for rural young people across Europe now and in the years ahead.

“There is no greater time than now to promote rural development, encourage and enable youth participation and facilitate the building of key relationships. Now, more than ever, we need to raise the voice for rural young people across Europe and build upon key competences while ensuring sustainability and positive mental and physical wellbeing.

“Rural Youth Europe is an incredible organisation which creates a safe place for rural youth to learn, grow and make lifelong friends and I am incredibly passionate about ensuring Rural Youth Europe not only maintains the great work it does, but continues to grow and develop in this ever changing climate.”

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster would like to take this time to congratulate Linzi on the new position and look forward to the direction she leads the organisation.


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