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.
The deadline to register for the 93rd Winter Session of Youth Parliament of Manitoba is approaching! Registration for session will close on Monday, December 15th at 11:55pm. Go online to www.ypmanitoba.ca for more information and to register for the 93rd Winter Session! #yp93 #ypmanitoba
Youth Parliament of Manitoba will be having a One Month until session Flash Sale starting at 12:05am on Wednesday, November 26th and ending at 11:55pm! Enter the promo code “onemonth” and you will receive an additional $15 off registration. Go online to www.ypmanitoba.ca for more information and to register for the 93rd Winter Session!
Youth Parliament of Manitoba is happy to introduce the Youth Parliament of Manitoba Alumni Scholarship. This Scholarship will allow a member to attend session who might not otherwise be able to due to financial constraints. The inaugural installment of this award has been funded by the generous support of three of our esteemed alumni members: Ben Wickstrom (81st-83rd), Sachin Kumar (81st-83rd), and Steven Synyshyn (81st-83rd). The recipient is selected by these contributing alumni in coordination with the Board of Directors through networking with members of the Winnipeg non-profit community to find an interested and engaged youth that could benefit from and enjoy attending a YPM session. The Scholarship covers the registration fee and also includes additional funds for acquiring parliamentary attire and covering the cost of meals and other spending during session.
We are very excited to see the initiative materialize and look forward to welcoming the first recipient to the 93rd Winter Session. It is our hope that this new initiative creates another way for recent and older alumni to stay connected and contribute to YPM efforts. Alumni are encouraged to contact the Board of Directors if they are interested in contributing to this initiative in sessions to come and in so doing help to make Youth Parliament of Manitoba increasingly accessible for all Manitoban youth. Of course, many thanks go to Ben, Sachin, and Steven for initiating and supporting the inauguration of this excellent opportunity.
Interested alumni and other community members are also encouraged to consider our sponsor-a-member donation option which is new this year as well.
We are pleased to announce that YPM is officially entering in to a long-term partnership with the Parlement Jeunesse Franco-Manitobain (PJFM). PJFM is YPM’s french-language counterpart, which holds its winter session in February of every year. This coming session is their 31st, and they hold the impressive distinction of being the only francophone youth parliament in Canada that is, like YPM, planned and carried out entirely by young people.
Our partnership is still in its infancy, but we are excited to offer a flat rate of $100 to enroll in YPM for all PJFM participants. These dual participants will also receive a flat rate of $40 to PJFM enrollment.
We hope that this partnership will lead to more young francophones attending our session, and we look forward to many cross-promotion and joint recruitment events in the future. We at YPM are confident that this partnership will be a boon to both organizations, and we thank all involved for their hard work to make it a reality.
Since 2007 the executive board of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba has chosen a Manitoban educator as a recipient of our Teacher Appreciation Award. This award is meant to recognize the support of a teacher who has gone above and beyond to promote our organization to their students and encourage them to learn about Canadian democracy and the parliamentary process. For more information on how to connect with our organization, as well as a list of past award recipients, please visit our website at http://www.ypmanitoba.ca/register/teachers/ .
This year we are pleased to announce Linda Connor as the 2014 TAA recipient. After teaching Social Studies and English Language Arts for more than 3 decades at Gray Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Linda Connor has been seconded to take on the role as the Social Studies Curriculum Consultant for Manitoba Education. In addition to co-authoring the newly approved Grade 11 Canadian History textbook, Shaping Canada, Linda was also privileged to contribute to the Grade 7 Social Studies textbook, The World Today (Portage and Main Press) and the Grade 9 civics textbook, Canada in the Contemporary World (Emond Montgomery Press). Linda has been on the Manitoba Social Studies Steering Committee and curriculum development teams for the Grade 7, 9 and 11 Social Studies.
Linda is also the current editor of MSSTA journal (see www.mssta.mb.ca) for Manitoba Social Studies teachers. Presently, Linda is co-chairing a pilot team for Manitoba’s new Grade 12 course, Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability. Linda holds a Bachelor of Education (double major- English and History), Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate from the University of Manitoba. In her “spare” time, Linda is both a proud wife, and a mother of 3 sons, is a member of the “Hot Splashes” Dragon Boat team and performs with “Women of Note”. Linda also volunteers for The Dream Factory (www.thedreamfactory.ca) which helps makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. View the full link here: Teacher Appreciation Award Announcement
Youth Parliament of Manitoba is excited to announce a newly established recruitment partnership with YPM alumnus Michael Champagne and Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO)! AYO is a volunteer-based organization that empowers young people in Winnipeg’s North End by connecting them with leadership opportunities and listening to their ideas. Members of YPM’s cabinet came to the weekly Selkirk Ave nonviolence assembly, Meet Me at the Bell Tower, to introduce YPM to the participants and discuss how the two organizations can help give aboriginal youth the chance to help shape the future of our country.
The following day at Neechi Commons, Kamal Dhillon (Vice-Chairperson) and Adrienne Tessier (Registrar General) met with Michael once again, as well as members of AYO’s Politix Brainstorm. Discussion ranged from the nature of grassroots involvements to giving youth a voice in politics.
More information about AYO can be found here: http://www.ayomovement.com/
Youth Parliament of Manitoba will be having a Thanksgiving Flash Sale starting at 12:01am on Monday, October 13th and ending at 11:59pm! Enter the promo code gobblegobble and you will receive an additional $15 off the early bird price, which brings the registration cost to only $95. Go online to www.ypmanitoba.ca to register for the 93rd Winter Session!