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CF Parkland Sponsors Cockerill to attend Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa

  • February 22, 2018
  • Written by Parkland Admin
Picture: Jeffrey Cockerill at center, with (L-R) CF Parkland Executive Director Jami Turetsky; teacher Nathalie Beerman; principal Kirk Wilson; and CF Parkland Board Member Trevor Kehrer Picture: Jeffrey Cockerill at center, with (L-R) CF Parkland Executive Director Jami Turetsky; teacher Nathalie Beerman; principal Kirk Wilson; and CF Parkland Board Member Trevor Kehrer

WRITTEN BY: ED DOERING of The Roblin Review

Another Grade 11 student from Goose Lake High is heading to Ottawa. 

Jeffrey Cockerill will be in the nation's capital from Feb. 25 to March 3 to take part in the Forum for Young Canadians.

Since 1975, the Forum has brought thousands of Canadian youth to Ottawa to tour Parliament Hill and the city, meet parliamentarians, visit the Senate and House of Commons, and learn about how the federal government works.

The week includes an election simulation and a cabinet simulation where each participant becomes a cabinet minister and must defend their ministry's point of view when discussing a topic, among others.

Participants also get to meet MPs and Senators up close and personal, and make connections with young people across the country.

Cockerill applied to take part after one of his teachers, Nathalie Beerman, posted a Forum poster on the wall outside her classroom.

"It looked interesting so I thought I'd check it out," he said, noting Mrs. Beerman not only encouraged him to apply but helped him with his application.

Cockerill's not certain what he wants to do after finishing high school but he is interested in politics and wants to find out more about how government works.

"I'm pretty excited about going," he said. "And it's going to be my first time on a plane."

Helping to cover the costs of attending the Forum are the Goose Lake High Student Council ($475); the Parkway Co-op, where Cockerill has worked part-time for a number of years ($300); and Community Futures Parkland.

Parkway Co-op GM Kevin Arthur says Cockerill has been with the co-op for quite a few years now and he's a model employee. "He's a good kid and we're happy to support his efforts," he added.

"Jeffrey's a bit of a trailblazer," noted CF Parkland Executive Director Jami Turetsky.

"We didn't have any money set aside for anything like this but when we discussed it with the board, everyone thought it was a great idea", she said. "So as well as granting Jeffrey $200 for his trip, the board also set up a fund for any future requests like his."