Hello Readers! My name is Claire and I have just started my co-op placement here at City Hall with Councillor Marianne Meed Ward. I’m in Grade 11 at Burlington Central High School. I will be spending the mornings at City Hall and will return back to school for my afternoon courses. For my co-op placement this year I was aiming to be involved in journalism and writing, since that’s what I hope to do in the future. After a couple of possible placements fell through, I was emailed a copy of Councilor Meed Ward’s community newsletter. I was inspired to contact her to see if I could have my placement with her. After an interview with Councillor Meed Ward and her assistant Georgie Gartside, I got my placement.
It was exciting for me as well as for my parents because this is a great opportunity to learn and gain some experience. I hope to get a good understanding on how articles are published and created. I will also be attending some community meetings, so it will be interesting to see how this whole process works. My placement here at City Hall carries on until the end of June when school finishes, which is only in four months! I know my time here will fly by, and I’m excited to start writing more in Councillor Meed Ward’s newsletter and website.
Marianne’s Take: I’m delighted Claire is coming onboard our writing and publishing team. Please join me in extending a warm Ward 2 welcome! As many of you know, I was a journalist for 22 years before serving on council. I taught writing at several universities as well as numerous writers workshops. It’s an honour and passion of mine to help mentor a new generation of writers, who will serve our community by telling you what you need to know to participate in civic life and hold elected officials to account.