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Northern students see government up close as Queen's Park pages

Students from Wawa, Sudbury among 150 boys and girls selected to serve in province's legislative assembly

Students from local French Catholic schools are getting an up-close look at the workings of Ontario’s legislature as part of the page program at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

Havana Thibodeau-Bello, from Wawa, and Ema MacAulay, from Sudbury, were selected from among hundreds of applicants seeking to participate in the Legislative Page Program.

The Grade 8 students attend schools that are part of Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon.

Havana attends Ecole Saint-Joseph in Wawa, while Ema attends Ecole catholique Felix-Ricard in Sudbury.

The girls started as pages on Nov. 14. The program continues until Dec. 8.

A first challenge both students met with success before the start of their adventure was memorizing the faces, names and ridings of the 124 members of provincial parliament with whom they will work at Queen’s Park, the school board noted in a news release.

Pages play an important role in the Legislature. They work in the Legislative Chamber as messengers, performing duties for the Members of Provincial Parliament and the Officers of the House.

“We take great pride in seeing two CSC Nouvelon students benefit from this incredible learning experience,” said Paul Henry, CSC Nouvelon director of education and secretary treasurer.

“While becoming experts of Ontario’s legislative system, Havana and Ema will meet some outstanding citizens. With this experience, they will continue to share their leadership in their schools as well as within their communities,”

Each year, some 150 boys and girls are selected from across Ontario to serve as pages at the Legislative Assembly.

The program is an educational opportunity for outgoing, high-achieving, community-involved grade 7 and 8 students who have demonstrated responsibility and leadership.

Parents and students can learn more about the page program by clicking here.

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