Picture this, DJ Cody Maz with Maz Entertainment has the music blasting and we get to dance, swim, tackle the obstacle course or just each snacks and catch up with friends. AWESOME! We have quite literally maxed out the pool hosting these events and they are always a favourite for the year. Keep your eyes peeled for dates and to buy your tickets each year as they can sell out fast.
Water Wonderland and Pool Parties
Public Service Announcements
The Lloydminster Youth Council has created many important and impactful Public Service Announcements since we were established in March 2015. We aim to create important conversations and reduce stigma in areas that need it most. Diving into topics like mental health, drug use and misuse, tobacco and vaping reduction, grief, diversity, LGTBQ+, bullying- nothing is off the table for the Lloydminster Youth Council. Some of these videos have been shared on national television and received acclaim from Saskatchewan and Alberta Premiers. We have been honoured to speak at elementary schools and give presentations on positive choices and always share our videos on social media.
We host yearly (Pecha Kucha Events at the Vic Juba! Youth are selected from LPSD and LCSD and between 10-12 students take the stage for these inspirational mini TED-talk style presentations. Wait. What is a Pecha Kucha? PechaKucha.org describes it as a presentation format showing 20 chosen images, each for 20 seconds. In other words, you’ve got 400 seconds to tell your story, with visuals guiding the way. The timing is set ahead of time so things really move along! PechaKucha means “chit chat” in Japanese. Thanks to Kim Capiral with Narra Studios all past Pecha Kucha videos can be found on our Lloydminster Youth Council YouTube Channel. Here are just a few samples…
When COVID-19 regulations lift we plan to continue hosting Pecha Kucha events in May each year.
Paint the Town Positive
Written by Ezzah Bashir for My Lloydminster Now (February 2018)
“The Lloydminster Youth Council is hoping small acts of kindness will make a difference in the City. Chair of the Youth Council Lizelle van Vuuren says that youth get a bad reputation sometimes and by taking action in small ways it will hopefully change that perception.
“So it’s a big positivity, pay it forward type campaign that we’re trying to get sparked up here in the City because we feel that that is a big way to improve the quality of life and to make people just a little bit happier in Lloyd.”
Their Paint The Town Positive movement has the youth doing things such as providing families in need with meals, visiting with seniors and hosting birthday parties while using social media to spread the message.
“We’re making sure to get the word out there in as many ways as we can, whether it’s putting posters up or if it’s just word of mouth type of things. We’re just doing something nice for our neighbours and kind of talking about it.”
We continue Paint the Town Positive Initiatives still to this day! From shoveling snow, to game days with seniors and spreading compliments throughout the community. We even bagged groceries and have taken part in many of the Kindness Wins campaign activities as well.
Paint the Town Positive initiatives have continued up until today… we are currently painting sidewalks with games and engagement tools across Lloydminster!
What is Paint the Town Positive?
A Paint the Town Positive Short Film
The LYC Challenges the City of Lloydminster to Paint the Town Positive
Drive In Movies
Hosting a drive in movie (or three) for Lloydminster is something we love to do. Thanks to Maz Entertainment making it easy we bought licenses for Toy Story and Jurassic Park and were thrilled to see Lloydminster come by the hundreds to enjoy family time in the Ex Grounds parking lot! Who doesn’t love a great movie? Thanks to our sponsors we were able to host this for FREE to families.
Our partnership with the City of Lloydminster has given us the opportunity to take part and support initiatives like Opioids Don’t Discriminate. We were able to get an early look at the interactive display and learn about the impacts opioids can have on a community. Drug, alcohol and tobacco policy work is important to us!
Run Run Rudolph
In December 2020, the Lloydminster Youth Council hosted their first ever Run Run Rudolph Event. What is Run Run Rudolph you may ask? It is a holiday themed, community wide running and walking event. This event not only encourages physical activity for residents of Lloydminster but also benefits our community’s food banks by having food bank donation locations along the paths the activity takes place. That year the Lloydminster Youth Council was able to donate several boxes full of non-perishable food items thanks to the generosity of those within our community. All donations were taken to the Salvation Army the next day, providing food for those in need during the holiday season. Our work supporting local food banks continues each year.
In 2022 we hosted our 2nd Annual NEW Lloydminster Nissan Border Idol event for Lloydminster. We had thousands of people vote to select three winners from our singing competition! Thank you to everyone who stepped up to take the Nissan stage and sing for Lloydminster. More on our media page.
Valentine’s Day Skate
This was another free and fun event for couples, singles and kids! Thank you to our sponsors for this event: TJ’s Pizza and Tim Hortons for keeping us warm, caffeinated and full of pizza. We had door prizes and a great day skating at the Oval and listening to music.
Santa Skate was a fun event provided free to families. Taking place at the Servus Sports Centre, Santa Skate is an event filled with holiday carols, Santa hats, elves, and hot chocolate! We, as the Lloydminster Youth Council, host an event like Santa Skate to spread holiday cheer to those in our community.