The Youth Parliament of Manitoba Cabinet just concluded our annual summer retreat. The weather was wonderful, the food was fantastic (thanks to our Minister of Labour Mitchell van Ineveld) and the mosquitoes mostly stayed away.
Along with team building activities, recruitment strategy modules and legislation presentations, we also found lots of time to just have fun, make new friendships and strengthen old ones. This weekend showed what a great and cohesive group we have in Cabinet this year. We are very excited to continue to grow as a group and to begin planning for the 94th session of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba.
We are excited for what is shaping up to be an excellent event with Wab Kinew on May 7. Tickets are selling fast and the deadline to purchase them will be Friday, May 1. We look forward to seeing all those in attendance and encourage those who wish to support the event, but are unable to attend, to consider the purchase of a Sponsor a Member ticket or making a donation of your choosing. Ticketing and information is available at speakersnight.ypmanitoba.ca.
On Sunday, March 22nd, members of Youth Parliament gathered for our 2015 Annual General Meeting. The meeting was a great success, and included several addresses from the organization’s executives, as well as a productive discussion coming from the membership. Speaker Brent Hardy summed up the last year for the organization, followed by current Premier Kamal Dhillon, who spoke about the goals and direction of YPM for the following year. They stressed the importance that partnerships will play in the future of the organization, particularly our new found partnerships with Aboriginal Youth Opportunities and Parliament Jeunesse Franco-Manitobain. Inclusivity and diversity are at the heart of YPM’s efforts, as the organization tries to reach out to a wider, more diverse group of Manitoba youth than ever before.
The membership also took a giant leap forward in voting to amend all of our governing documents to be completely gender neutral. As part of our effort towards including all potential members of YPM, the membership found it necessary to make official the organization’s openness to all gender identifications. Our bylaws and governing documents are now equipped with entirely gender neutral language, as well as a gender neutral dress code for our annual Winter Session.
After the meeting, members went to Kawaii Crepe for a (delicious) post-AGM event. The high attendance and enthusiasm expressed by the membership is a promising sign that YPM94 will continue to build on the successes of the past few years of the organization.
Join us on May 7th for Speaker’s Night, a gala dinner hosted by Youth Parliament of Manitoba. The event will take place at the Winnipeg Winter Club, and we are honoured to have Wab Kinew as this year’s keynote speaker. For more details, visit speakersnight.ypmanitoba.ca
The 5th Edition of The Youth Parliamentarian, YPM’s community newsletter published by the Youth Parliament of Manitoba Alumni Association (YPMAA) is now available! It can be viewed here.
This issue of the newsletter includes:
- Invitation to 8th Annual Speaker’s Night
- A Glance at YPM93
- YPM Alumni Association Update
- Alumni Meet-ups
- Meet the New YPM Senate Inductees
- Alumni Updates – Where are they now?
- YPM Announces Partnership with AYO!
To subscribe to the newsletter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . If you would like to contribute to the making of the newsletter or get involved in other ways with the YPMAA, please contact Amy Dhillon (email@example.com) or Michael Urban (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.