Grade 8 St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School Jack Derrenbacker has been selected to serve in Ontario's legislature as a page.
During his term of duty, Jack will serve as a messenger on the floor of the legislature, meet key parliamentary figures and learn about Ontario’s parliamentary system of government.
His term of duty will last three weeks, from Oct. 21 to Nov. 7.
He earned his spot in the program by submitting an application that included an essay outlining his achievements, involvements and suitability for the program.
All pages must study and learn the faces, names and locations of the 107 MPPs before arriving at Queen’s Park for their first day.
During a typical day in the program, pages arrive at Queen’s Park at roughly 8 a.m., dress in their uniforms and then prepare the legislature for the morning’s debates.
As the day progresses, pages are involved in a number of activities including: delivering messages and water for the MPPs in the chamber, taking classes in legislative process and mathematics, and meeting with key legislative players such as the party leaders and the speaker of the house.
The page program is open to students in grades 7 and 8 who have an interest in current affairs, have an academic average of 80 per cent or higher and get along well with their peers and adults.