SENgage is a community outreach program that connects Senators with local schools, allowing Senators to visit classrooms and engage with young people in conversations about politics, law, social sciences and Canadian history. In 2019 and 2020, I was able to visit four schools in my community to participate in this program and meet with young people across the province.
Additionally, I collaborated with Senator Marty Deacon and the SENgage program during Mental Health Week in May 2019 to host a youth mental health workshop. The event allowed us to interact with students and gave us the opportunity to discuss the importance of mental health literacy and appropriate language when labeling emotional responses. You can read more about the purpose and outcome of this event and view photos here.
In March 2020, I visited Madeline Symonds Middle School and Sir John A. Macdonald High School in the Halifax region. We were able to talk about healthy living and mental health care. Check out the photos from my visits below.
You can learn more about the SENgage program or invite a Senator to your school or event by visiting the Senate of Canada SENgage website here.
Mental Health Resources for Youth in Nova Scotia
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency please call 911 or go to the emergency department immediately.
Koffee With Kutcher
Koffee with Kutcher is my biweekly IGTV series that discusses and explores important topics related to science literacy, mental health and Canadian politics.
Political literacy is an important part of democracy. The goal of Koffee with Kutcher is to discuss issues relevant to my legislative activities using accessible language. Watch one of the highlighted episodes below or visit my IGTV to review all Koffee with Kutcher episodes.
The Senate Page Program
The Senate Page Program hires post-secondary students across Canada to work in the Senate chamber while studying at an Ottawa university. 15 students are chosen annually to fulfill the duties of Senate pages, who play an essential role in the operation of Senate proceedings.
Many young people begin their careers in politics and/or public policy by starting as a page on Parliament Hill. Learn more about becoming a page on the Senate of Canada website.