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Girls Government Students from James Culnan And Swansea Visit Queen’s Park as Guests of MPP Cheri DiNovo
 
 
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 Girls Government Student Members from James Culnan Catholic Elementary School and Swansea Public School meeting with MPP Cheri DiNovo in the studio room at Queen’s Park
 
     Girls Government was founded by Member of Parliament (Parkdale - High Park), Cheri Di Novo, whose goal is to encourage young girls to engage more in the political process. 
 
      This year Ms. Di Novo invited grade 8 girls from Toronto’s James Culnan Catholic Elementary School and Swansea Junior and Senior Public School to participate in this initiative. Beginning in September, the girls would meet with MPP Di Novo and her executive assistant, Ms. Bhutila Karpoche, once a month and discuss various social issues, the political environment and the role of women in politics.
 
        The students were asked to select an important social issue that they were interested in researching. 
 
         After much discussion, the girls decided on researching bicycle safety and how government can help make it safer for cyclists to use our roads.  This issue was especially personal to many of the girls in the Girls Government program.  In November 2012, while cycling to work Mr. Tom Samson, a very dedicated grade two teacher at Toronto’s Swansea Public School died after his bicycle collided with two vans at the intersection of Lansdowne Avenue and Davenport Road.
 
          The girls felt that researching bicycle safety would help honour his memory.
 
          The girls came with many creative solutions to help improve bicycle safety. 
On March 31st, 2014 MPP Di Novo invited the student s of Girls Government to meet with Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation MPP Mike Colle.  He listened to their suggestions and outlined the province’s cycling strategy whose sole purpose is to increase bicycle safety.
 
 
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Girls Government Student Members from James Culnan Catholic Elementary School and Swansea Public School meeting with Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation MPP Mike Colle.
 
 
     The girls also met with outstanding women in politics – Hon. Liz Sandals (Minister of Education) and Hon. Tracy MacCharles (Minister of Consumer Services).
 
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Girls Government Student Members from James Culnan Catholic Elementary School and Swansea Public School meeting with Hon. Liz Sandals (Minister of Education).
 
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Girls Government Student Members from James Culnan Catholic Elementary School and Swansea Public School meeting with Hon. Liz Tracy MacCharles (Minister of Consumer Services).
 
 
 
     MPP Di Novo was gracious in inviting the girls to witness question period and organized a meeting with Hon. Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The girls learned a lot about the history of the legislative assembly and the role of the Speaker.
 
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Girls Government Student Members from James Culnan Catholic Elementary School and Swansea Public School meeting with  Hon. Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
 
     The girls learned a lot and were inspired by getting involved in the political process.
 
     Members of Girls Government are: James Culnan – Cynthia Pham, Karolina Zablotny, Natalie Cocev, Nicole Bonner and Renée Deer, Swansea – Chloe, Rachael, Kate, Ivana, Claire and Hanna.
 
       We would also like to thank MPP Di Novo for supporting this initiative and Ms. O’Dowd (Principal of James Culnan) and Mr. Pedrosa (James Culnan Intermediate Teacher) for their dedication and participation in this worthwhile program.
 
       Please click on the link below for a newspaper article about the visit of the Girls Government group to Queen's Park.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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