Being part a program that dates back to the 1970s means having access to a vast network of OLIP Alumni. Scattered across the country and around the globe, former “OLIPers” can be found in all walks of life. Over the past few weeks, we have been fortunate enough to meet with three OLIP Alumni to discuss their experiences within the programme and their career paths since completing the internship.
Bryan Bossin currently serves as Senior Advisor, Communication and Planning in the Office of the Premier; Karim Bardeesy works as Deputy Principal Secretary in the Office of the Premier; and Mitchell Davidson is Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. It was useful to hear former Interns talk about the value of OLIP’s non-partisan structure and how this unique perspective helps them in their current roles. Although working for different parties, these Alumni all share an appreciation for the opportunity that OLIP gave them to learn about legislative proceedings from both sides of the House.
After each of these meetings, we are all feeling motivated and inspired to take full advantage of the opportunities before us. The continued support, advice and guidance from all of our OLIP Alumni will be immensely valuable to us in the coming months. It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of activity around Queen’s Park, but in the midst of it all, it’s reassuring to know that there’s always someone around that has our back.