Ruby Barclay: Nanaimo--Ladysmith

Ruby Barclay: Nanaimo--Ladysmith

Ruby Barclay is the Nanaimo/Ladysmith delegate for Daughters of the Vote. Ruby is 23 years old, and has spent the last 5 years residing on Snuneymuxw Territory. Ruby is an alumn from the Child and Youth Care Degree program at Vancouver Island University and identifies as an advocate for youth in and from government care. She has spent the last 5 years advocating for and creating programs that empower young people from care to have access to education and supports they need as they transition. She created and was hired as the first Peer Support Navigator, first role of its kind in Canada, for Vancouver Island University’s Post-Care Tuition Waiver Program. Most recently, Ruby was nominated for the Stand Up for Kids Award; a national award for innovators in the child welfare sector. Now employed as the Youth Advisory Council Coordinator at Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Ruby supports a group of young people to create social responsibility and harmony in their community through system change, sustainability, and peer support. Ruby would like to acknowledge all the youth and knowledge keepers who’s courage and resilience has inspired her passion for creating permanency and community for youth in and from care and empowering youth voice.