Rocky Ieraci working with one of his students at Holy Names Catholic High School in Windsor. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Fields/Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board)

Candidates Meet With Holy Names Students Monday

Some local high school students will be learning about the Ontario election, from the candidates themselves.

The four declared candidates for the provincial seat in Windsor West will be at Holy Names Catholic High School Monday morning, meeting with Grade 10 civics students to provide an inside look at the June 7 election and how the process works.

The candidates scheduled to participate are incumbent Lisa Gretzky of the NDP, Rino Bortolin of the Liberals, Adam Ibrahim of the Progressive Conservatives, and Krista Glovasky-Ridsdale of the Green Party.

Each candidate will be given five minutes to talk; explaining who they are, what party they represent, and their party’s platform.

The event is being overseen by long-time Holy Names business and civics teacher Rocky Ieraci, who tells that it’s an information session and not a debate. With some Holy Names students marking a ballot in the upcoming provincial and municipal elections, information is power.

“It’s also an event to make sure that those who are going to vote make an informed, and try to inspire some of them that they do have a say,” says Ieraci.

Ieraci says his Grade 10 students will be using this session to prepare for an Election Day event targeted toward them.

“On June 7, we’re actually going to be taking part in a special mock vote event for students in Ontario, where we will be voting,” says Ieraci.

Once the election is complete, the results will be compared to those from similar mock votes across the province on Election Day.

The information session runs from 10am to 11am at the Holy Names auditorium.