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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 was also privileged to contribute 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). 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.

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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:

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Association of Former Members Newsletter Published!

The third edition of the Youth Parliamentarian, the YPM Alumni and Community Newsletter, 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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Yet Another Successful Cabinet Retreat!

The weekend of August 8th to 10th the Cabinet and Executive of the 93rd Winter Session of Youth Parliament of Manitoba gathered together at Rock Lake United Church Camp to begin our cabinet retreat for this year. Our cabinet discussed recruitment strategies, formulated ideas about the positive aspects that YPM offers to youth and ways to make this year’s session as successful as possible. We would like to thank Rock Lake United Church Camp for providing us with the location to hold yet another cabinet retreat, it is greatly appreciated. Cabinet and Executive will be very busy in the next few months planning and preparing for our event in December and are very much looking forward to connecting with new members and alumni at YPM’s 93rd Winter Session!

Patricia Chaychuk Named 93rd Honourary President

The Board of Directors of Youth Parliament of Manitoba (YPM) is pleased to announce that Patricia Chaychuk has once again accepted the position as the Honorary President for the 93rd Winter Session of YPM.

Chaychuk was appointed the first female Clerk of the Legislative Assembly in 2000. Within YPM, she was the Premier of the 64th Session, Lieutenant-Governor of the 80th Session and the Alumni Achievement Award winner in 2004.

YPM Elects its 93rd Executive

R-L Andrew Jones (Speaker), Brent Hardy (Premier), Kamal Dhillon (Deputy Premier), Mikol Markiw (Deputy Speaker), Joey Broda (House Leader)
L-R Andrew Jones (Speaker), Brent Hardy (Premier), Kamal Dhillon (Deputy Premier), Mikol Markiw (Deputy Speaker), Joey Broda (House Leader)

Following the closing ceremonies for the 92nd Winter Session, Youth Parliament of Manitoba elected the board of executives for its 93rd annual Winter Session Monday night. The organization’s 93rd Board of Directors will be:

Chairperson (Premier): Brent Hardy
Past Chairperson (Speaker): Andrew Jones
Deputy Chairperson (Deputy Premier): Kamal Dhillon
Director of Finance (Deputy Speaker): Mikol Markiw
Director of Procedures (House Leader): Joseph Broda

Broda, a three year veteran of Youth Parliament and the author of the Progressive Energy Development act is a graduate of St. Paul’s High School and a third year chemical engineering student at McGill University. He will begin his tenure as House Leader in February.

The 92nd Winter Session has been a resounding success for all participants. We look forward to the 93rd Session and wish the new Executive all the best.

Young Parliamentarians Wrap Up 92nd Winter Session

The 92nd Session of Youth Parliament of Manitoba will be concluding its debates on Monday. As of Sunday evening, The Public Schools Act, The Social Development Act and The Progressive Energy Development Act have all been passed by the house. Left to be debated are The Healthy Society Act and The Prison Abolishment Act. The Career Education Act, however, did not pass the House.

The Prison Abolishment Act attempts to revolutionize public perception of criminal offenders. It achieves this goal by eliminating all prisons in favor of rehabilitation centres, based on the Bastoy prison model. These centres would be placed in urban areas, so as to allow prisoners to have as much interaction with society as possible.

Youth Parliament ready to vote on Education Reform

Youth from across the province are preparing to conclude their debates on a wide array of educational reforms, and are excited to finally put the legislation to a vote.

The Public Schools Act aims to abolish al private schools and create a nationalized system of education. The Career Education Act seeks to refocus the high school curriculum on the future employability of Canadian graduates. The Social Development Act institutes a series of workshops and classes meant to aid students in performing real life tasks, such as paying taxes and building a resume. The Progressive Energy Development Act will also be voted on today.

AFMMLA To Host Annual YPM Bear Pit

Past parliamentarians, including Youth Parliament’s former Honorary President Hon. Bill Blaikie will participate in a panel discussion in the legislative assembly on Saturday night. The other panelists are Jim Downey and Harold Taylor. Darren Haber, last year’s Speaker of YPM, will be inducted into the Senate.

Hosted by the Association of Former Manitoba Members of the Legislative Assembly (AFMMLA), the annual Bear Pit is an opportunity for Manitoba youth to interact with former leaders and become more acquainted with the parliamentary process.

During the day, members will have the chance to debate the Prison Abolishment Act. This Act aims to reduce the stigma associated with incarceration, while offering supports to prisoners. It outlines a system that emphasizes rehabilitation.