Month: March 2015

YPM 2015 AGM

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

The 5th Edition of The Youth Parliamentarian

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 . 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 ( or Michael Urban (

YPM Joins Aboriginal Youth Opportunities at MM@BT, Politix Brainstorm and START March

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.

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deborah bell tower

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.

boston pizza

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.

neechi commons

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!