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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Ontario Model Parliament (posted Mar 3rd/2016)

Two of Newman's Grade 12 students, Adebisi Akande and Domenic Jayetileke, participated in an amazing experience at the Ontario Model Parliament from February 24-26, 2016.  The Legislative Assembly of Ontario Model Parliament is a new educational program designed for civic-minded high school students in grades 10 to 12, who are interested in current events and provincial issues. This unique educational experience brought together 107 students, representing each of the province’s ridings, for a three-day Model Parliament Program in Toronto. Students had the opportunity to meet key figures in Ontario’s parliament as well as learn about the history of the provincial legislature and the legislative process through workshops and presentations. Adebisi and Domenic had the opportunity to forge new friendships and meet like-minded students from across Ontario. 

Domenic Jayetileke  (front) , Adebisi Akande (back left)
Through the Model Parliament Program experience, youth from across Ontario had the chance to acquire a stronger knowledge of the province's parliamentary practices and traditions while participating in an authentic experience teaching them the value and importance of our democratic process. 
Adebisi with Tim Hudak and Yvan Baker

Congratulations, Adebisi and Domenic!  It was a rigorous application process and our two Newman students were chosen from among many applicants.  Well done!