David Tilson Hosts Intern from British Columbia

June 12, 2021

PARLIAMENT HILL – On May 13th, 2019, David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, welcomed Dannielle Mayhew of Abbotsford, British Columbia to his Ottawa office. For a number of years, Mr. Tilson has hosted interns through his participation in the United States - Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program.

Ms. Mayhew is a fourth-year student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program, sponsored through Western Kentucky University, provides students interested in politics a chance to work in the office of a Member of Parliament and to learn about the Canadian political system. There are currently thirty nine interns in Ottawa serving in the program from different universities. Each year, there are a couple of Canadian students included in the group of mostly Americans.

“I have happily participated in this program for a number of years,” Mr. Tilson said. “Dannielle has been a great asset to my Ottawa office, and I trust that she has learned a great deal about Canadian politics and the political system.”

During her time in Mr. Tilson’s office, Dannielle has had the opportunity to accompany him to various meetings and receptions, where she has been able to observe and experience firsthand, the workings of the Canadian political system. In addition, Dannielle has assisted in writing press material and constituency correspondence as well as interact with industry leaders, parliamentarians and diplomats.

“Being able to participate in this program has been a fantastic experience and a great privilege,” Ms. Mayhew said. “Mr. Tilson and his staff have made me feel like a true part of their team throughout the last five weeks. It has been a pleasure to be involved with the Canadian Parliamentary system first hand. During my time in Ottawa, I have gained experience and skills which will undoubtedly prove invaluable to me in future careers. It has been an honour to be able to work alongside Mr. Tilson and his staff and I cannot thank them enough for this opportunity.”