A Civic Leadership Institute for English-Speaking Youth

Veronica-Assunta Mongiardo – 2019 Youth Advisory Committee

Veronica is an undergraduate student at Bishop’s University pursuing a Double Major in Secondary Education and English, and am a recipient of the Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarhip. Born and raised in Laval (on the North Shore of the Island of Montreal), she has lived her entire life dipping her feet in both the Francophone and Anglophone sectors. She is currently working toward becoming an English teacher, but also has a strong interest in policy-making and governmental legislation surrounding the Education sector in Quebec. Veronica remains involved in her community with children and teenagers by tutoring high school students and organizing fundraiser events for Le Club des Petits Déjeuners du Québec. She attended the Bishop’s Forum last summer, and is incredibly excited to be a part of it this year as well.

My Forum Experience
Last year’s Bishop’s Forum came as the most surprising, yet exhilarating experience of my academic career. Having little background knowledge in Quebec’s political and legal spheres, this opportunity acted as the perfect initiation to the possibilities of such a vast pool of information and its possible effects for my future career as a teacher. Not only were the speakers enticing and inspiring, but my fellow participants allowed for an eye-opening week. I had the chance to explore my field of study (Education) in greater depth with students from other universities who, like me, were excited to work collaboratively.

Months later, my group and I continue to communicate from our respective cities through social media. I was lucky enough to also meet youths from Nunavik who, with their stories and lived experiences, moved me and opened my consciousness to a world of diversity in my own province. I have strongly recommended this week-long event to my friends and family members the moment the Forum came to an end last August, and months later, I stand by my word. It is an experience of a lifetime, and I am immensely grateful that I had the chance to participate in it wholeheartedly.

Meet the 2019 Youth Advisory Committee

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