October 24, 2006
Legislative Assembly Celebrates Democracy through Page Reunion
Edmonton—“My experience as a Page inspired me to be an active citizen,” said Lyell Shields, Legislature Page from 1954 to 1958. “It taught me the importance of not just living in a democracy, but of helping democracy work.”
Pages have been part of the proceedings of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly since the first sitting of the first legislature in 1906. In celebration of 100 Years of Democracy the Legislative Assembly is asking Pages from throughout Alberta’s history to reunite for a Service Reunion Dinner on November 23, 2006.
“Not only do Legislature Pages provide a necessary service to the Members of the Assembly, but they also support Alberta’s legislative process,” stated the Honourable Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. “I am proud of what they accomplish during their service with the Assembly and also of the active citizens that they become as a result of their service.”
Blair Stolz served as a Legislature Page in 1983 and credits the program with being a stepping stone to him becoming the youngest alderman in Canada at the age of 18. “The program encourages you to set your ambitions high and opens your eyes to the wealth of opportunity that awaits,” said Stolz, current Executive Director for Forum for Young Albertans –a program that engages senior high school students in non-partisan political learning opportunities. “The Page program brought me to where I am today,” added Stolz.
Former Pages of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly are asked to call (780) 422-9259 for more details about the celebrations. Further information about other 100 Years of Democracy initiatives can be found on the Legislative Assembly web site at www.assembly.ab.ca.
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