Presenting new board members

This autumn Rural Youth Europe got two new board members. Here’s their formal introductions, enjoy 🙂 Both Linzi and Ä€ris answered same tricky questions than members before them.

Here are the questions:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What’s your backround on rural matters?
  3. What’s your best Rural Youth Europe memory?
  4. Why did you decide to run to become a board member?
  5. A hidden talent of yours?
  6. Favourite quote / saying?
  7. What is the most important reason why we do human rights education?
  8. Greetings to readers.


  1. I am 27 years old Linzi Steward and from Northern Ireland. I am a qualified Solicitor and currently work as a Wedding & Event’s Co-ordinator – which I love! I’m representing Group 1 UK & Ireland in board of the Rural Youth Europe. 
  2. My family are not farmers however we have strong links with agriculture and rural issues. A lot of my friends are from a farming background and work within the agricultural sector. I am very involved with Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster at club, county and national level.
  3. I attended the Autumn Seminar in October 2017 – my first RYEurope event & I can genuinely say it was one of the best weeks of my life!
  4. I love to travel and learn about new cultures. RYEurope Board member seemed like the perfect  opportunity to travel and learn within Europe and also to help combat and raise of rural issues. I am passionate about learning from others & I am excited to learn more about the other Member Organisations and share about Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster too.
  5. My family & friends might say I can always find the time to squeeze in another trip away!
  6. How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ― Winnie the Pooh
    Even though I love exploring new places I really hate saying goodbye to family & friends at home!
  7. Human rights outline the basic standards for people to live with dignity, equality and freedom and it is important to educate to raise awareness of human rights.
  8. Thank you for taking the time to read & I hope you feel encouraged to get involved with Rural Youth!


  1. Hi! I’m Ä€ris Brencis – a 25-year-old from Latvia. I’m the new board member representing Group IV and I’ve been asked to answer a few questions to introduce myself. So, here we go:
  2. I grew up on a small dairy farm and I’ve been a member of the Latvian 4-H since I was 8 years old. Later on I sat on the Latvian 4-H national board and acted as the international project coordinator. Also, I’m a big fan of food.
  3. All of my Rural Youth Europe memories have been great. Rally in Poland (2012) was my introduction to RYEurope, Spring Seminar in Budapest (2014) was my favourite event as a participant, and the Rally in Latvia (2017) was a chance to be ‘on the other side’ (i.e. an organizer). However, I hope that the best are yet to come.
  4. After I got my Masters degree I found myself with a lot of free time on my hands (well, not a lot but more than I’ve been accustomed to in the past few years). The opportunity to run for the board perfectly coincided with my search for new challenges and I decided to give it a go.
  5. Well, according to a test I did on BuzzFeed once, my hidden talent is science (whatever that means). Great discoveries are coming, I guess.
  6. “Quotes are for dumb people who can’t think of something intelligent to say on their own” /Bo Burnham. That being said, I do love a good quote.
  7. One should be able to feel free, but you can’t do that if your rights are taken from you.
  8. Hey, reader, did you get this far? Congratulations – you have a longer attention span than the average goldfish! Apparently, that’s not a given nowadays. Anyway, thank you for reading and see you at some of the RYEurope events. Take part – it’s good for you!