Month: October 2014

Teacher Appreciation Award!

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.

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 also contributed 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). Additionally, 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 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 ( which helps makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

YPM Attends Meet Me at the Bell Tower!

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:

Association of Former Members Newsletter Published!

The third edition of the YPM Alumni and Community Newsletter “The Youth Parliamentarian”, was published on September 30, 2014. It included alumni news, history from the YPM archives, and highlights and pictures from the 7th annual Speaker’s Night and the annual Cabinet Retreat.

Read the full newsletter HERE and subscribe to the emailing list for future newsletters HERE.

Sponsor-a-Member Now Available on Eventbrite!

YPM is now offering a “Sponsor-a-Member” option on Eventbrite! This option is available to anyone who would like to donate the amount of money required to cover part of, or the full cost of registration for an individual who would otherwise be unable to attend session. Sponsor-a-Member tickets will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis to potential members who declare the need for financial assistance. Donors may indicate on the order form if they would like to sponsor an individual in particular. Please visit to donate!

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Deputy Premier, Kamal Dhillon for more information!

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