Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Fellowship Spotlight: Ocean

When I was a political science undergraduate student, politics became a core component of my day-to-day life. Whether it was a discussion revolving around a political dilemma or a lecture about the historical foundations of our political society, I was always intrigued to hear and learn about the variety of perspectives and ideas discussed in university. However, I’ve realized that while my degree successfully provided a breadth of theoretical knowledge, it failed to encourage political engagement and motivate political participation.

Getting involved with CJPAC has filled that gap; it increased my political awareness and taught me the fundamentals of political campaigning. Since getting involved with CJPAC, I’ve participated in a variety of political initiatives, including volunteering for Alexandra Lulka’s campaign for TDSB trustee, assisting on Tehila Colman’s student government campaign at York University, assuming the role of VP external advocacy on Israel on campus, as well as successfully campaigning and winning a seat on Western University’s Senate. I continued my involvement by running for President of Western University. Although I was ultimately unsuccessful I was able to utilize the skills I learned during the CJPAC Fellowship and learned even more about political campaigning.

The CJPAC Fellowship truly brought me closer to Canadian and student politics, inspired me to get involved and helped me create countless new and genuine friendships. I’m very grateful for the network, experience and support that CJPAC offers its alumni and I look forward to further enriching my political experience and involvement in the political process. Now that I have graduated, I will be interning on Parliament Hill through the CIJA Parliamentary Internship Program with Garnett Genuis, M.P.

CJPAC Fellow 2016-2017

Applications are open for the 2018-2019 CJPAC Fellowship Program! Click here for more info and to apply. Deadline is October 5, 2018.