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Kelvin students were recently invited to take part in meetings with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, as part of a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce speaker series.
Five of Kelvin's politically engaged grade 12 students attended the State of the Province address delivered by Premier Pallister in which he spoke, among other topics, of the inspiration he derived from his mother's example. In a question and answer session, Kelvin students found out the details behind his inspiration; his mother and aunt, raised in rural Manitoba, worked through their adolescence to raise the funds needed for transportation and boarding in order to attend... Kelvin High!
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, through the auspices of Kelvin parent Ellen Kornelson, invited a second group of nine politically aware and active grade 12 scholars to Mayor Bowman's State of the City address. Five of these Kelvin scholars were able to pose questions directly to His Worship, and received answers on topics ranging from suburban sprawl and gentrification, to arts funding, Shoal Lake 40 and providing services to francophones and newcomers.
Both encounters afforded students a chance to meet and interact with decision-makers both formally and informally, giving all involved much food for thought and future action. Thanks go out to Mr. Young for co-ordinating these opportunities!