This past week I had the incredible opportunity to attend CIVIX Canada's Democracy Bootcamp in Vancouver. 130 educators from across the province got together to learn about elections, voting trends, and resources to aid in teaching students about democracy and implementing Student Vote.
Taylor Gunn is the man behind it all. If you haven't met Gunn, you've missed out. Gunn is so very passionate about "building the capacity and commitment of young Canadians to participate in our democracy." But that doesn't do Gunn justice. I have had the pleasure of listening to Gunn speak twice and he is a whirlwind of infectious enthusiasm.
Bootcamp was incredible not only because of Gunn's enthusiasm but also because of the outstanding agenda he and his team at CIVIX put together. From Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail hosting the first session to Clifton van der Linden of Vox Pop Labs closing out the conference, each session was rich with stories and information that I could take back to the classroom. What amazed me was how much respect each speaker had for each other and how passionate each was about politics and democracy.
After 2 days of frank and insightful conversations, it was impossible to leave uninspired. Indeed, I fell back in love with Canadian politics. With the next federal election around the corner, I'm ready to launch Student Vote and I have some ideas about how I can make this vote even better. As Taylor Gunn wisely stated in his opening remarks, "[Let's} graduate students as citizens not just future employees."
For more information about Student Vote, click here. They have brilliant video resources for teachers that you can find here.
For more information about CIVIX, click here
Rep Day is coming up. I've booked our MP for a talk with grade 8s and 9s in April and you should book yours. To find out more about Rep Day and how to book your MP, click here.