Amherstburg student getting first-hand political experience in Ottawa



By RTT Staff


A student from Amherstburg going to school in Ottawa is getting political experience from her Member of Parliament back home.

Rebecca Down is volunteering for Essex MP Tracey Ramsey at Ramsey’s office in Ottawa. Down is in her third year at Carleton University studying public affairs and policy management.

The opportunity arose through Down’s own initiative, as she reached out to Ramsey shortly after the Oct. 19 federal election.

Rebecca Down (right) of Amherstburg is volunteering at Essex MP Tracey Ramsey’s Ottawa office. (Special to the RTT)

Rebecca Down (right) of Amherstburg is volunteering at Essex MP Tracey Ramsey’s Ottawa office. (Special to the RTT)

“I figured I’d take a long shot and I e-mailed her to see if I could get some experience on (Parliament) Hill,” said Down.

At first, there was no response but when parliament reconvened in December, Down said she heard back from Ramsey’s office. She had put the thought of volunteering with Ramsey out of her mind after not hearing anything for the first few weeks but was pleasantly surprised when she finally did hear back.

“I was really excited when it came to fruition,” said Down.

Down currently spends seven hours every Thursday volunteering as she juggles that with her classes at Carleton. Her duties consist of creating pages for websites and drafting correspondence for constituents.

“I do enjoy it,” she said. “It is interesting to read the e-mails from the people of Essex County.”
Trying to help the people of the riding is rewarding and she added she enjoys being able to talk to someone like Ramsey about life in Essex County.

“It alleviates any sort of home sickness,” added Down.

Down said she has focused in international studies and the fact Ramsey is the critic for international trade has been a bonus for her.

“Getting to meet Tracey has been great. She’s an excellent representative of Essex,” Down believed. “I think she’s going to be a very strong in representing her communities in Ottawa.”

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