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Youth Job Shadow MPs on Parliament Hill

November 4, 2013

Ottawa, ON—Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) are partnering to host the first annual YOUth in Office: JOB SHADOWING DAY ON PARLIAMENT HILL on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.



youthinoffice_aloneYoung people aged 15 to 25 will get a chance to learn about career opportunities from MPs and Hill staffers. Approximately 40 youth and 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) will spend the workday together as part of a joint initiative to inspire young people about the working world and some of the job options associated with politics and government in Canada.

“Spending a day on Parliament Hill shadowing an MP will be an incredible experience for me,” said Karine, age 15. “It will help me understand how a day in the life of a politician unfolds and since I aspire to join the political ranks someday, this knowledge will certainly help me later in life.”

“Youth will get to see first‐hand what it’s like to work as a Parliamentary Assistant, Communications Director, Policy Advisor, Member of Parliament and maybe even Prime Minister,” said BGCC President and CEO Pam Jolliffe. “Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is happy to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada on this initiative and give youth a chance to learn about working in a political environment. They also get to see democracy in action—one of the many ways Boys and Girls Clubs encourage personal growth, learning and community involvement.”

According to Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of BBBSC, “Witnessing different roles and individuals in action can inspire youth to consider a range of career options and to get excited

about gaining the education and experience they need to succeed in working environments. YOUth in Office is a good fit with our wide range of mentoring programs.”

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada are committed to improving educational and career outcomes for all youth.

Media are invited to a breakfast reception at the Booth Building, 165 Sparks Street, to kick off the day at 8:00 a.m.

For more information, visit www.bgccan.com and www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/youthinoffice.

Media contacts:
Susan Sullivan
Media Relations Manager
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
905‐477‐7272 ext. 239


Jennifer Lee‐Thomas
Marketing Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
905‐639‐0461 ext. 47

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is dedicated to supporting and encouraging children and youth as they grow and develop. We are a national charity serving 200,000 young people in more than 650 locations across Canada. We listen to their opinions and ideas, applaud their accomplishments, lend support during their struggles and provide ways to explore their interests and talents. With this encouragement they develop the confidence and sense of belonging that helps them succeed in school, form positive relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. For over 110 years we have welcomed children, youth and their families into clubs that reflect the diversity of Canada in small and large cities, rural communities and First Nations Reserves. Visit www.bgccan.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/bgccan and www.twitter.com/bgccan.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
For one hundred years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of Canada’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs. BBBS volunteer mentors teach by example the importance of giving back, of staying in school, and of respecting family, peers and community. BBBS provides quality mentoring services for more than 40,000 children and teenagers. The community‐based youth mentoring organization currently has over 25,000 volunteer mentors working at 118 agencies that serve children in
over 1,000 communities across the country. Learn more. Visit www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.


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