The past two weeks were a busy time for both Youth Parliament of Manitoba as well as our friends, Aboriginal Youth Opportunities.
On February 20th, members of YPM were invited to participate in the weekly gathering of community members on Selkirk Avenue for the anti-violence rally, Meet Me at the Bell Tower.
In an emotional gathering, friends and community members discussed both the challenges facing youth in regards to discrimination and violence, but more importantly the solutions to these problems and the positive work that has been done, and will continue to be done, to support a growing network of engaged and peaceful citizens.
Later in the evening AYO! members joined us for our annual social event, YPM Goes Bowling! at Academy Lanes and Boston Pizza for a night of mingling and fun.
On February 21, YPM was also pleased to join AYO! for the weekly Politix Brainstorm at Neechi Commons. Our discussion ranged from media literacy, the concept of tiered and socially constructed “right-ness”, municipal politics and city planning in the North End.
We also discussed the redevelopment of the Merchant’s Hotel in the North End neighbourhood, an exciting project which seeks to transform the space into a mixed-use building containing housing, education and commercial business.
Also this week, on February 26th, YPM member Deborah Tsao and AYO! leader Michael Champagne co-hosted the Students Together Against Racism Today (START) rally in downtown Winnipeg.
Bringing together 1,000 students from across the city, the student-organized rally had youth march in solidarity in a demonstration to end racism and promote acceptance in our communities. Students celebrated the differences present in our city, province and country and stood united against intolerance and ignorance. Great job, team!
The United Way of Winnipeg teamed up with the International Institute of Sustainable Development to develop a community indicators website called Peg. This site gathers data about Winnipeg, falling under a number of different indicators.
The Youth Parliament of Manitoba featured in the Political Voice indicator. Our Deputy Premier, Kamal Dhillon, was interviewed in a video presentation about the Youth Parliament of Manitoba’s role in promoting responsible governance.
After last year’s successful event we are very excited to announce the details for the 2015 installment of our annual fundraising dinner, Speaker’s Night:
Keynote Speaker: Wab Kinew
Master of Ceremonies: Sachit Mehra
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Location: Winnipeg Winter Club
Cocktails: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
Please visit http://speakersnight.ypmanitoba.ca/ for more information on our keynote/MC, sponsor-a-member-option and the link to buy tickets.
We look forward to another fantastic evening for all those who can join us on May 7!
The final task for members of the 93rd Winter Session of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba was to elect the executive team for the 94th Session.
The results were:
Speaker (Past Chairperson): Brent Hardy
Premier (Chairperson): Kamal Dhillon
Deputy Premier (Vice-Chairperson): Joseph Broda
Deputy Speaker (Director of Finance): Ariel Melamedoff
House Leader (Director of Procedures): Ryan Sherbo
Congratulations to the new executive, and we look forward to another fantastic year!
The 93rd annual Youth Parliament of Manitoba Winter Session came to a close December 30, 2014. It was a fantastic session that left all members feeling like they had found a new family, as many executive members mentioned in their closing speeches.
Of particular note was the quality of discourse in the house this year. Debates were extremely lively and upon hearing “members wishing to speak” from our Speaker, Andrew Jones, backbenchers and cabinet alike jumped out of their seats.
Credit must also be given to the skill of the bill presenting Ministers this year, as all six pieces of legislation were passed.
We are pleased to share the media coverage of Day 2 of the 93rd Annual Winter Session, broadcasted by Global News. The Minister of Labour, Ryan Sherbo; the Premier, Brent Hardy; and the Honourable Member from Nose Hill, Abigail Pudwill were all interviewed.
Watch the full coverage here.
The 93rd annual Winter Session kicked off today, beginning with great anticipation and cumulating in a rousing debate. The opening ceremonies began with inspiring words from our Lieutenant Governor, Sachit Mehra who is an alumni of Youth Parliament of Manitoba.
The bill debated today was the Research Integrity Act, presented by the Minister of Labour, Ryan Sherbo. This bill seeks to make corporate research and development more ethical and more focused on long-term social benefits. A government committee would establish research guidelines and target goals and would distribute funding to businesses that follow them.
Tomorrow’s debates will include The Glass Ceiling Act, The Healthcare Initiative Act, The Business Ethics Act and the Artistic Integrity Act.
Preparations for the 93rd Annual Winter Session of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba are nearly complete. A press conference was held yesterday at the Legislative Building, hosted by Hon. Daryl Reid, the speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Various media outlets such as CTV, CBC and the Winnipeg Free Press covered the story.
That evening, the final details were planned at the last cabinet meeting before Session. We are looking forward to a great five days full of interesting legislation, engaging debate, and lots of fun!
Read the full Free Press coverage of the press conference here.
Youth Parliament of Manitoba established the Alumni Achievement Award (AAA) in 2003. The purpose of the AAA is to recognize the outstanding achievements of former members, and to demonstrate to current members how their participation at YPM events can prepare them for their future careers.
The Board of Directors is excited to announce Michael Champagne as this year’s recipient of the award.
A life-long North Ender, Michael Champagne is founder of AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, a youth movement that has been breaking stereotypes and creating opportunities since 2010. Michael enjoys writing on a variety of blogs, hosting educational and promotional videos and sharing stories, events and perspectives of inner city resident’s weekly on Inner City Voices (CKUW). He is also a community organizer and public speaker who has traveled across Canada sharing teachings, acronyms and strategies with youth leaders and educators.
Michael attended Youth Parliament of Manitoba at the 84th Winter Session as a backbencher. His efforts to be a positive role model to the Aboriginal youth community as well as youth from all walks of life embody many of the principles and values held by the Youth Parliament of Manitoba. We congratulate Michael on his success and look forward to the positive changes he continues to inspire within our community.
It is our great pleasure to announce Mr. Sachit Mehra as the Lieutenant Governor of our 93rd Winter Session.
Sachit Mehra is a successful entrepreneur based in St. Norbert area who has worked tirelessly to give back to his community. Along with other members of his family, he has been an integral part of the continued success of the top rated East India Company Pub and Eatery. The father of two sons, Mohit and Givan, Sachit and his wife, Caroline, helped create much needed daycare spaces at École Viscount Alexander. As well, Sachit has served as a director on the King’s Park Child Care Board.
Over the past seven years, the annual charity event Sachit founded has raised over $50,000 for a number of initiatives at the Victoria General Hospital such as improvements to palliative care, minimally invasive surgery and the Miracle Garden.
In addition to giving back to his immediate community, Sachit has a passion for improving Winnipeg as a whole. He has served as the Chair of the Downtown BIZ and a member of the 2015 Grey Cup Steering Committee. Through his volunteer activities Sachit understands what is needed to develop a growing and thriving city. He was instrumental in establishing two successful locations of the Downtown Farmers’ Market as well as fostering strong connections between the centralized sites and the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market.
Sachit was a member of Youth Parliament of Manitoba from the 72nd session to the 76th session. During his time within the organization Sachit was also a member of cabinet.