Julia Melino, A Grade 7 PACE student at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy in Woodbridge has been selected to serve as a Legislative Page at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Toronto this spring.
During Julia’s three week term of duty, she will serve as a messenger on the floor of the Legislative Chamber, meet key parliamentary figures, and learn about Ontario’s parliamentary system of government.
Julia earned this prestigious opportunity by submitting an application that included an essay outlining her achievements, involvements, and suitability for the program. Julia is required to study and learn the faces, names, ridings, and seats in the Chamber of the 107 MPPs before arriving at Queen’s Park for her first day. Legislative Pages selected from across the province come together at Queen’s Park. They develop long lasting friendships and meet fellow students with similar interests as they participate in this unique educational program.
During a typical day in the program, Pages arrive at Queen’s Park at approximately 8:00 a.m., dress in their uniforms, and then prepare the Legislative Chamber for the morning’s debates. As the day progresses, Pages are involved in a number of activities including: delivering documents to the MPPs in the Chamber, taking classes in legislative process and mathematics, and meeting key legislative figures such as the party leaders and the Speaker of the House.
The St. Gregory Catholic Academy community along with the York Catholic District School Board are very proud of Julia for her achievement. When asked about the program Julia said, “I can’t wait to be a part of the legislative process and learn more about how our provincial government is run. I am especially excited to meet the Premier!”