This past weekend marked Blyth Academy Yorkville’s fifth trip to Montreal to participate in the Secondary Schools United Nations Symposium organized by McGill University students. Ms. Patullo and Mr. Coates brought 11 delegates, who represented the nations of Myanmar (Vilde Bentzen, Noah Walker, Edward Copping, and Stefan Simonovic) and Libya (Amanda Gibbs, Erin Smith-Young, Shepherd Cameron, and Sacha Hunking), along with the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (Mitchell Brearly). Johnny Copping took on the role of Herbert Gross in the Radio Free Europe Specialized Agency and Jess Young represented Morris Thompson in the Canadian Aboriginal Policy Specialized Agency.
The students rigorously and vivaciously debated a wide range of current global issues, from labour laws in developing countries to women’s rights, made numerous resolutions to change the world, and learned about the difficult task the United Nations governing bodies must undertake on a daily basis to make our world a better place.
On our down time, we toured McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal, and had an excellent dinner together downtown on Saturday night.
I am so immensely proud of all of our delegates for their hard work and dedication and representing Blyth for a fifth time at this prestigious conference and I cannot wait for our next conference at the University of Toronto in the Spring.
Megan, Teacher, Blyth Academy Yorkville