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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