Page program great opportunity

Do you know a student in Grade 7 or 8 who would like to learn more about the way our province is governed?
The Legislative Page program may be the opportunity they are looking for.
If you have ever watched the legislature on television, you likely have noticed student pages shuffling between the aisles during proceedings.
Legislative Pages are an integral part of the daily operations at Queen’s Park. During their term, pages are active participants in the days’ proceedings and they often can be seen on the parliamentary broadcast delivering documents to members, sharing notes and other information, and delivering petitions to the clerk’s desk.
In addition to being an active part of the province’s legislative process, pages are able to meet other students from across the province and take part in field trips and other special activities during their visit, which normally lasts from two-four weeks.
While the program does not cover a student’s accommodations, program administrators often will work with successful applicants to find lodging and the program will help offset some of the student’s travel costs to Toronto.
The program also will cover daily travel costs to and from Queen’s Park, and successful applicants will receive an honorarium of $15 per day as a way of thanking them for being part of the program.
Over the years, many students from the Kenora-Rainy River riding have taken part in this outstanding program, and I hope to see that list grow over the next few years.
To be eligible, students must be in Grades 7 or 8 and have an academic average of 80 percent or higher.
The application process involves a 750-word essay, an online application, and a consent form, which must be signed by a parent or guardian, as well as a teacher and their principal.
The next round of applications for the spring parliamentary session is open to both Grade 7 and 8 students. It closes on Nov. 15.
Applications for next fall’s legislative session, which only is open to Grade 7 students, then will be considered, with a deadline of June 30.
More information on the program, and application forms, can be obtained through any of my constituency offices, or by contacting the program administrators directly at 1-416-325-7457 or via e-mail at page_program@ontla.on.ca
Additional information also is available on the Legislative Assembly website at www.ontla.on.ca and by following the links to the Legislative Page Program on the right toolbar.

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