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St. Augustine student Isabella O’Brien is pictured with Dennis Clark, sergeant-at-arms of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Paging Isabella to Queen’s Park

Isabella O’Brien, a Grade 7 student at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, has been serving as a legislative page at Queen’s Park.

Since March 17, Isabella has been a messenger on the floor of the legislative chamber, met key parliamentary figures and learned about Ontario’s parliamentary system. Her term ends April 17.

“The orientation was a great opportunity to meet the pages from all over Ontario,” said Isabella. “I’m very excited about participating in the program and feel honoured to have been selected.”

The page program is designed for outgoing, high-achieving, community-involved students who have demonstrated responsibility and leadership, and who have an interest in current affairs This session, more than 400 students from Grade 7 and 8 applied to the program, with  22 chosen.

During a typical day in the program, pages arrive at Queen’s Park at 8 a.m., dress in their uniforms and then prepare the legislative chamber for the morning’s debates. As the day progresses, pages deliver messages and water for MPPs in the chamber, take classes in legislative process and mathematics, and meet with key legislative players. Their day finishes between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

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