Grade 12 Cariboo student Katrina Berry (seated in the first chair in the right front row) attended BC Youth Parliament during winter break.
(from the BCYP website): Every year, between December 27th and 31st, 95 representatives of youth organizations from across British Columbia gather at the Provincial Legislature in Victoria for the annual session of British Columbia Youth Parliament. Members sit as independents — not representing any political party and voting with their individual consciences on all issues. Members learn about, and experience first hand the parliamentary process, debate topics of interest, and plan numerous activities for the upcoming year. After Session, members put these activities and projects into action. Proposed activities are presented in the form of government bills; once passed they’re actually put into effect! This is where BC Youth Parliament differs from its counterparts — BCYP is in no way a “model” or “mock” parliament; our legislation actually translates into real action in the community.