iGen21 February 2017 - Page 49

HISTORY IS MADE

Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes is the first black female member of Parliament representing Whitby. Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes became emotional when I asked her what it was like to make history. She told me “even though you may have thought you wouldn't be able to achieve [your] goals keep on working and keep striving to do better.”

RELATIONS WITH OUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR - USA

Since the U.S. election happened in November 2016 everyone has shared different opinions on America's new leader President Donald J. Trump, so I decided to ask Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes about her thoughts. She started by saying that our economy is tied up with the United States so we have to work well with the American administration.

This election has provided us with the opportunity to "amplify the message around our values...about being kind". She stated that it is her hope that it has given us, especially women, a voice. She encouraged young girls to remember that they do have a voice and, even if we disagree, we can still be kind.

HER FAMILY

Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes has a lovely family. I had the opportunity to meet her husband, her two beautiful daughters and brilliant son. She expressed the importance of still maintaining some family traditions even though her job takes her away from home quite a bit. It was nice to know that this busy mom still makes time for her family. We even share the same winter tradition of visiting family in Florida for some fun in the sun.

WORDS OF ADVICE

According to Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes, "You own a company. You may not know it yet but you do. What do you want people to know about your company? That you're smart, that when you say you're going to do something you get it done. [That] you're trustworthy, that you work hard... That is your brand, that's the thing you want to show to the world... Be authentic… Do it with passion [and] with conviction...”

She said not to be afraid, not to be cocky but be confident, passionate and do the very best you can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, research and study what interests you. If you do your best one day you could be representing your community and your country. She summed it up by saying to me, "Your parents are giving you the best foundation and then the rest is up to you.”

Now that was some great advice!!

Mrs. Ceasar-Chavannes was not aware that there are so many homeschoolers in the Durham region. Although education is not a part of the federal jurisdiction, she said if we, homeschoolers, have any ideas or needs she would be happy to assist and support. Her email is on her website which is featured below.

CLOSING STATEMENT

This interview was a great experience for me because I learned so much from Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes. It is my firm belief that with God’s help, studying hard, and a having good mentor, you can do anything and even make history like Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes. Even as a kid, we can make a difference in our community. The sky's the limit to what we can accomplish if we work hard.

APPRECIATION

I would like to thank the Caesar-Chavannes family for

visiting to my house and spending time with my family. I

would also like to thank my parents and my Auntie Sharon

for helping me with this article. Thank you to iGen21 for the

opportunity to write in an e-magazine. A big thanks to

Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes for the opportunity to learn more

about her and for her inspiring words. A huge thanks to

God for being there and helping me throughout all of my

years and giving me the idea for this to happen. Finally

thank you to whoever is reading this. I hope you enjoyed

reading this interview as much as I did writing it. Thanks!