Month: October 2020

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!

With a full moon, a blue moon, daylight savings time – plus the unprecedented events of this year – Halloween 2020 will truly be one to remember. Much has changed… but Manitoba’s love for fun and fright is strong as ever. Manitoba has kept the Halloween spirit alive with many haunted houses and corn-mazes for everyone to visit. With creative ways of safely celebrating being posted all over social media, spooky spirits were high this weekend. YPM hopes everyone had the best of times while staying safe this Halloween.

A Step Forward for Women in YPM

Youth Parliament of Manitoba is one of the oldest organizations of its kind. The 98th session made its mark on history as the first year that the membership elected an all-female Executive team. This event serves as an opportunity to acknowledge other female accomplishments from throughout YPM’s history.

Women’s involvement in Youth Parliament began in 1972, when eight women were approved to attend the 51st Session as associate members. After much debate, the “Older Boys’ Parliament” had voted against changing their organization’s name in order to accommodate their new female members, and therefore the women who attend this year’s session were not granted voting rights.

In the following year, women were granted voting rights within the newly named “Youth Parliament of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario”. This momentous step forward came after the women of Manitoba had created their own organization, “Women’s Model Parliament” of which there were 3 sessions.

The evidence of female success in “YPMNO” became undeniable when Ann Thompson became the first female Premier in 1979, just seven years after women were allowed into the organization. It was an honour to have Ann Thompson visit last year to witness her legacy carried forward by the all-female Executive team of the 98th Session.

Today’s Youth Parliament would not be possible without the collaboration and input of people of all gender identities.

Pictured Above: Marie Sutherland, Deborah Tsao, Abigaïl Theano-Pudwill, Adrienne Tessier, Nina Lam

Advice on Handling Stress from the YPM Executive

Staying at home poses a plethora of challenges, and with the content pressure to maintain routine, productivity, and wellness, finding ways to relax and unwind can be challenging. YPM’s cabinet works hard to support one another as a group, offering help and guidance to one another. On an individual level we each have our own techniques for keeping ourselves on track. We wanted to share some of our Executive team’s favourite wellness practices in hopes that they can inspire others.

Our Premier Abigail Pudwill loves to put on jazzy bops and dance to shake off steam. Additionally, she finds that putting together creative outfits, painting and singing always cheer her up. Something Abby does to put her mind at ease while continuing her work is making a to-do list and numbering tasks off in order of priority. Knowing where to start is often half the battle, and so organizing yourself goes a long way.

Getting outside for some fresh air on the daily is a great way to unwind and connect to nature. For YPM’s Deputy Speaker Marie Sutherland, getting outside for a walk is essential. Even if she can only squeeze a short walk into her day, it always helps.

There are many ways to cope with stress, and the simplest ways of calming down barely require any exertion at all. Our Deputy Premier Nina Lam likes to get cozy by making a mug of tea and lighting a candle. Making tea also forces her to get up and out of her seat, which is important after being seated at a desk for hours on end.

It’s important to keep in mind that de-stressing is not a solitary battle: connecting with those around you is a great way to relieve pressure. Getting together with your friends and family over a video-call is a COVID friendly way of de-stressing and staying in touch.

We hope you found these suggestions helpful, and that you take some time out of your day for self-care!