RAY’s Place scholars continue to succeed
RAY’s Place scholar Josh Swift (left), a third-year student at Western, has been accepted to attend the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The three-day conference brings together youth leaders from over 100 countries, along with representatives from the public sector, industry, academia. By attending, Swift becomes a UN youth delegate alumnus, opening doors to future conferences and potential internships with the United Nations. Leading up to this honour and based on his interest in international relations and diplomacy, Swift participated in a Negotiations Workshop, attended United Nations Sustainable Development Goal’s training and joined the university’s model United Nations Club.
On January 10, 280 Queen’s University students travelled to Ottawa to attend the three-day 71st Queen’s Model Parliament. Among them were some 30 first year students, including RAY’s Place scholar Rosalyn Martin. To be accepted, a student needs to be of good academic standing in the faculties of arts or science and have an interest in and knowledge of Canadian politics. Students join a party and practice writing bills before visiting the House of Commons for meetings with political leaders and listening to the reading of 11 bills. The event encourages students to learn about the process of parliament, while experiencing Ottawa and networking with professional politicians. And for Martin, who is passionate about politics and development, it was an opportunity to sit in the Speaker’s Chair, which she hopes may one day be her office chair.