Western Canada Youth Parliament has come to an end. We had the pleasure of having the delegates from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta participate in our House! These last few days we went through bill presentations that led from chill to some heated debate. The bills presented were as follows: The Food Security Act and The Rights of the Dead are Dead Act. Both bills had a considerable amount of controversy but this is what invited members from the other parliaments to speak.
Western Canada Youth Parliament is special. It’s an event that happens once every 8 years in Manitoba and Youth Parliament of Manitoba couldn’t be prouder to host it this year. We commend our Cabinet and Exec on help making such an event come into action.
The Minister of PR
Last night’s event went as smoothly as one could hope. We would like to thank all of those who joined us for Speaker’s Night 2014 presented by the Winnipeg Free Press or offered their support in other ways. Of course a big thank you goes all of those who helped to make the event a reality either by planning or participating in the proceedings. We would especially like to thank Patricia Chaychuk for running the event smoothly as our Master of Ceremonies and Sylvia Kuzyk who delivered an excellent keynote address which all the attendees are sure to remember for some time. A successful event helps Youth Parliament of Manitoba maintain and expand in the pursuit of our mandate to foster amongst the youth of Manitoba an understanding of, an interest in, and an engagement with the Canadian democratic parliamentary process and, in so doing, to encourage the growth of the individual and their abilities. We are grateful to all of those joined in making an excellent event this year and look forward to beginning preparations for the 93rd Winter Session!
On Thursday, April 10th, Premier (Brent Hardy) and Deputy Premier (Kamal Dhillon) attending a formal reception at the Fort Garry Hotel on the behalf of Youth Parliament of Manitoba. The event was hosted by the Members of Parliament for the Winnipeg area and Speaker of the House of Commons, The Honourable Andrew Scheer (pictured above with Brent and Kamal). The reception highlighted the work of those who promote civic action and community involvement. Youth Parliament of Manitoba was honoured to be part of the event and would like to especially thank Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, Joyce Bateman who extended the invitation.
We are excited about hosting our own upcoming event this Thursday the 17th as Speaker’s Night 2014 (presented by the Winnipeg Free Press) gets underway. We look forward to seeing all those who join us on this evening to celebrate and support YPM.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our advertisement in the Winnipeg Free Press this upcoming weekend. This is also serves as a reminder that Speaker’s Night is just around the corner, so be sure to get you tickets while they last. You have until April 12 to purchase your tickets which can be done online here. The event is shaping up to be an excellent evening and we hope you will join us. If you would like to support the event and our organization, but are unable to attend you have the option of giving a donation or buying a sponsor-a-member ticket for which the recipient will be drawn from our current membership. Both of these can be done online as well. We look forward to seeing all those who attend on the 17th!
Time sure flies, and now Speaker’s Night 2014 Presented by the Winnipeg Free Press is only one month away. Everything is coming together and it is shaping up to be an excellent evening. We appreciate the support of all who plan on attending and look forward to seeing what our keynote address from Sylvia Kuzyk will entail. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this fabulous event and support a worthy cause, get your tickets while they last!
We are proud to announce that Speaker’s Night 2014 is now presented by the Winnipeg Free Press. Youth Parliament of Manitoba appreciates the continued support of the Free Press. It is an honour to have such a reputable institution within the Manitoba community take an interest in our organization and the events we hold. The Winnipeg Free Press is a recurring supporter of both our annual Winter Session and Speaker’s Night. Keep an eye out for the appearance of our advertisement in the near future.
Writing on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express how thrilled and honoured we are to have Ms. Sylvia Kuzyk join us this year as our keynote speaker for the Youth Parliament of Manitoba’s annual Speaker’s Night gala.
I first had the pleasure of meeting Sylvia at the 2012 YM/YWCA Women of Distinction Awards dinner. It was my good fortune to be seated next to her at a table occupied by several outstanding women who, through the course of their personal lives and careers, have had a positive and long-lasting impact on their communities and various vocational domains. Sylvia immediately struck me as a very kind, genuine, intelligent, caring and committed individual. Her calm demeanour and inviting personality have set her apart from countless others working in the extremely fast paced and competitive news industry.
Sylvia’s passion for community involvement and engagement was always apparent in her work. Her superior public speaking skills, awareness of challenges and issues affecting youth today and advocacy of solutions are only a few of the reasons why she is a fitting keynote speaker for our community event. Her ability to overcome obstacles such as gender stereotypes in the early stages of her career and consistent determination to provide quality news service to her legions of viewers are evidence that Sylvia is both a highly skilled and motivated individual. She is an exceptional leader and role model for the youth of our province, in particular those wishing to pursue a career in journalism and news broadcasting.
Youth Parliament of Manitoba would like to recognize Sylvia’s personal and professional contribution to her community not only as a pioneer of quality journalism but also as an engaged citizen who is committed to fostering an atmosphere of empathy and support in the lives of others.
We are looking forward to hear Sylvia deliver her keynote address on the evening of April 17th. Please consider joining us, or sponsoring a ticket for a YPM member, as it is sure to be a memorable evening. Ticketing and more information can be found here.
Deputy Premier (Vice-Chairperson)
Youth Parliament is happy to announce the details for Speaker’s Night 2014, our annual fundraising gala and community event. The details for this year’s event are as follows:
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Location: Winnipeg Winter Club
Keynote Speaker: Sylvia Kuzyk
Master of Ceremonies: Patricia Chaychuk
Sponsor a Member Ticket: $100.00
The event serves not only as a fundraising opportunity but a venue for members, alumni, community members, family and friends to gather to commemorate the history and stories of the organization and to celebrate the achievements of alumni. We look forward to seeing all those who join us on what promises to be an excellent evening!
During the weekend of July 5-7, members of Youth Parliament of Manitoba’s cabinet attended a retreat at Rock Lake. The retreat served both as a bonding experience for the cabinet members, as well as an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming year of Youth Parliament.
Cabinet retreat was attended by 21 members of Cabinet and Exec, and consisted of a mix of team building exercises, modules designed to prepare cabinet members for in-school presentations throughout the year, and very lively outdoor activities. We would like to thank the Youth Parliament Executive for organizing such a successful Cabinet Retreat. The team-building will continue when Cabinet meetings begin later this month in preparation for December.
We look forward to a wonderful 92nd Session-stay tuned to hear about registration dates or how you could donate to YPM.
December 28th was a busy day for Youth Parliament of Manitoba. After a morning and afternoon of rigorous debate on mock legislation, Youth Parliament of Manitoba concluded its third day of sittings with its annual Bear Pit and Alumni Reception.
Preceding the Bear Pit, Alyssa Morrison gave an impassioned speech in memory of Reg Alcock, Youth Parliament of Manitoba’s past Honourary President who tragically passed away this year.
YPM also honoured Mr. George Hickes, former speaker of the Manitoba Legislative. Recognizing that members of the community deserve recognition for their support of YPM, the Educator Appreciation Award was rededicated in honour of Mr. Hickes and named the “George Hickes Community Outreach Award”. This new award recognizes educators and other members of the community for their outstanding support of YPM and its mission.
Following this rededication, YPM recognized the contributions of Robby Pankhurst (83rd to 89th) and Kiran Dhillon (83rd to 87th) for their contributions as members of YPM by inducting them into YPM’s Senate.
After a Bear Pit which included former MLAs Al Mackling, David Faurschou, Myrna Phillips and George Hickes, current and former members joined the former MLAs in the Rotunda of the Manitoba Legislature for a reception where they had the opportunity to peruse legislation from the past six decades, mingle and reconnect with one another.