Congratulations to Grade 7 student, Lauren Barry, who has been selected to serve as a legislative page at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Toronto. During her term of duty, March 19 to April 5, 2012, Barry will serve as a messenger on the floor of the Legislative Chamber, meet key parliamentary figures and learn about Ontario’s parliamentary system of government. Her term of duty will last three weeks, during which time she will be away from her home school, Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School.
Barry earned her spot in the program by submitting an application that included an essay outlining her achievements, involvements and suitability for the program. She must study and learn the faces, names and locations of the 107 MPPs before arriving at Queen’s Park for her first day on the job. Legislative pages are selected from across the province and come together at Queen’s Park. They develop long-lasting friendships and meet fellow students with similar interests as they participate in this unique educational program.
During a typical day in the program, pages arrive at Queen’s Park at approximately 8:00 a.m., dress in their uniforms and then prepare the Legislative Chamber for the morning’s debates. As the day progresses, pages are involved in a number of activities including: delivering messages and water for the MPPs in the Chamber; taking classes in legislative process and mathematics; and meeting with key legislative players such as the party leaders and speaker of the house.
The Legislative Page Program is open to students in Grades 7 and 8 who have an interest in current affairs, have an academic average of 80% or higher and get along well with their peers and adults. Complete details are online at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]