Month: December 2014

Global News Winnipeg Covers Day 2!

We are pleased to share the media coverage of Day 2 of the 93rd Annual Winter Session, broadcasted by Global News. Three YPM members were interviewed: the Minister of Labour, Ryan Sherbo; the Premier, Brent Hardy; and the Honourable Member from Nose Hill, Abigail Pudwill.

Watch the full coverage here.

Kicking off the 93rd Winter Session!

The 93rd annual Winter Session kicked off today, beginning with great excitement, 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.

For live updates of the 93rd Winter Session of YPM, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Preparing for the 93rd Winter Session

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 the 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.

YPM’s Alumni Achievement Award

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. He embodies 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!

YPM’s Lieutenant Governor has been Announced!

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. As the father of two sons, Mohit and Givan, Sachit and his wife Caroline were inspired to help 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. We are honoured to have Sachit Mehra as our Lieutenant Governor for the 93rd Session of YPM!