在国会议员办公室做义工的感受

时间:2020-02-01  author:沃轰  来源:2020欧洲杯八强竞猜  浏览:69次  评论:90条

What it’s like to volunteer in an MP’s Office

by Alyssa Bishop

Political Science and History major at McGill University and resident of Aurora

September 6 2018

This past May I returned home to Aurora after finishing my second year at McGill University in Montreal, where I am completing a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and History. I had been unsure about my summer plans, and thus found myself without a job to fill the four long months ahead of me. I decided to get a head start on studying for the LSAT, but realized I still had a lot of spare time. Given my rooted interest in politics, my Dad suggested that I speak to our Member of Parliament, Leona Alleslev, to see if I could help out in any way possible. I am so thankful that he did.

This summer, I had the rare opportunity to volunteering an area linked to my field of study, and trust me, that is VERY rare these days. I learned valuable lessons about what working as a political figure and for the government is truly like. As much as there is the grand side to politics and the role of an MP, such as events with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being held in our very own riding, or attending NATO summits in Europe, there is also the practical, real side to overseeing a constituency. Here in the office, I got to see this important side of the democratic process, and I am lucky to have been exposed to the reality of the hard work and determination that is put into it. Whether it is assisting constituents with the immigration and citizenship process, attending community events, or preparation for town halls to address federal concerns, there is a tireless effort that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that all constituents are satisfied. Connecting with the community is a critical aspect of democracy, and Leona and her office do not let that get overshadowed.

My volunteer role in the office was mainly to assist with communications and research. Everyone in the office was so welcoming and was determined to delegate tasks to me that were thoughtfully connected to my studies. In my field of study, research is so important, especially when completing my honours thesis in the near future. One of my tasks in the office was to conduct research on the issue of precarious employment in York Region. This is an issue that I am passionate about, as it is becoming more and more difficult to find a career in one’s field, let alone one that is stable with benefits. The precarity of the workforce in turn affects other life milestones such as buying a house, having children and so on. I was excited to find research and report my findings to the MP and staff in the office. I was satisfied to know that so much research had been done and continues to be conducted on this pressing issue, and was also thankful that Leona believed it important enough to conduct research on.

To sum it up, volunteering in MP Leona Alleslev’s office was a wonderful experience in which I was able to gain valuable skills and learn lessons that would prepare me for my future – not only in terms of my studies and passion for politics, but beyond as well.

Contact:: Melanie Anderson, Communications and Outreach Assistant, Office of MP Leona Alleslev, Office: (905) 773-8358, Cell: (416) 566-4097, E-mail: [email protected]