The other day, I was going through some old boxes and found the OYP photo from my first year as a delegate. And it dawned on me that OYP has been part of my life for 30 years now.
Dinosauring is the affectionate term we use to refer to the delegates who are attending their last parliament, usually as they are aging out. It refers to the transition from delegate to alumni. As I approach my last parliament and prepare ‘to dinosaur’, I’ve had the tremendous opportunity to reflect on my OYP journey. In doing so, I’ve been reminded yet again why this space is so important to me.
This year's Cabinet has 28 of the most fantastic people. You may not know them yet, but I hope you can meet them at OYP. To give just a little idea of who they are — we've asked them all a few questions.
It is normal to be nervous about your first OYP, or even your seventh OYP. Just remind yourself that the smiling faces that will greet you when you pull into Peterborough, the friendships you will make, and the home that you will have created through this weekend will have such a huge impact on you and your life. The pre-parliament butterflies do not compare to the post-parliament memories.
The construction of the perfect playlist is one of the most crucial aspects of preparing for a road trip (snacks coming in at top priority). Music selection sets the tone for the entire event you are travelling to attend and can get you in the right head space to get the most out of your experience.
Having a place where I feel competent and responsible—and can use those feelings to have a positive impact on younger people who are at the same place I was at five years ago, that's really cool. And that's part of the reason I'm still here, about to graduate from university and somehow still sleeping on church basement floors at Cabinet meetings.