New Staff Profile: Olivia Dorey

December 11th, 2013 by CIVIX

My name is Olivia, and I’m going to be working with CIVIX from the capital, where I study Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. I met CIVIX President Taylor Gunn this spring through my friend Megan Beretta, another CIVIX volunteer.

I became enamoured with civic education and financial literacy during my first year at university while working as a page in the House of Commons. The experience of handing out budget documents was very powerful, and I’m glad to be involved with this year’s Student Budget Consultation to help make sense of public spending for other students.

Olivia Dorey

I was very late beginning my own civic education, but luckily enrolled in Mr. Oddy’s political science class during my grade 12 year; it’s hasn’t been very long, but  it has been all-consuming! After the page program, I worked briefly this fall as a tour guide in parliament before joining CIVIX and spending two fantastic days with the team in Toronto.

My passion for financial literacy is rooted in the budgetary process. I’m slowly working my way through the procedures, the people, and the protocol that turns taxes into programs and infrastructure for Canadians, so I’m very excited to be helping to kick start that journey for my peers. I refuse to believe that young people are inherently apathetic, and am honoured to be helping to distribute the tools that will educate and engage them. Education, after all, is empowerment!

For now, my task is launching an awareness campaign in Ottawa. My goal is to meet as many Members of Parliament as possible to learn about the presence of politicians in schools and how we can build and improve our Rep Day initiative to help turn the students in their constituencies into active, critically-thinking citizens.

I’ll be writing regular updates on the MPs I meet with and our discussions. Stay tuned, and wish me luck!

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11 Responses to “New Staff Profile: Olivia Dorey”

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  11. Zelda Sun Says:
    December 29th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Dear Ms. Dorey,

    I saw the CBC article about your desire for government spending transparency and agree that currently the facts are nearly impossible gather.
    I have had better access than most Canadians but still exactly what money is spent on remains a mystery. I take particular issue with the catch-all “administrative expenses” especially when they can be 80% of expenditures. I know of places where administrative staff ratio to front-line workers is 3:1; our local prison has a staff to inmate ratio of 1:4 and I should expect inmates to be more difficult to manage than government workers.
    The best examples of government transparency I have seen are from Scandinavian countries where virtually every expenditure is published online. I can actually find out things like how much was spent on things like bullets used in foreign missions, department staff salaries, even the costs of office equipment.
    Seeing this leads me to believe there is something off in Canada, not Denmark.

    I wish you absolutely the best of luck in your endeavors. It takes courage to stand up to institutions that can affect your life and career in possibly negative ways. We need more people to stand for what is right and to ensure our democratic values.

    Sincerely,
    Zelda Sun

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