November 9th, 2010

Valeriia Trush CUPP 2010 Intern

Valeriia Trush CUPP 2010 Intern
Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
Intern to MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj

CUPP DAY can be counted for a usual ukrainian week for most CUPP Interns. Mostly, because there is much for us to discover, we are extremely curious and we are limited in time here, on Parliament Hill... That is why, every day is an opportunity-day to find out something new for 23 Interns. So, meetings, info, reception, seminars, committees, communication, new people - are our 2-month credo, any other compromises are not welcomed for “info&experience-hungry” ukrainian young bright people.

Every day we are making up something new... Today, I have decided to change a bit a usual format of CUPP-diary... Instead of describing my busy work day I would like to devote this cupp-day-diary to the introduction of my office.

Blame Aishe Memetova who unintentionally inspired me to tell you everything that happens, so to say, backstage - in our office.

“Chapter 1”

I can ASSUME (Aishe can understand me))) that we have one of the greatest, happiest and busiest office in Parliament. There are several “reasons-characters” why:

Character #1:
Linda - bright, intelligent workaholic who always gives funny comments during parliament session when MPs make their statements. She is an excellent combination of a woman-mother who has 3 kids, and a woman-who works from early morning till late at night, stays adequate, is extremely nice and pleasant, tells us a huge number of different stories (gossips) that we would not read in the newspapers about MPs.

Character #2:
Aishe - one of the greatest and pleasant person I have ever met. Smart, purposeful, a bit shy (sometimes) but sometimes impresses with her statements...) +an awesome friend to have a pleasant chat about Parliament, Canada, Ukraine, bureaucracy and stuff like that.

Character #3:
Sean - assistant to an MP (can’t recall his name) who is working next door. He visits us from time to time, tells us some jokes and parliament gossips...

Character #4:
Slavik, Slavko or a Canadian variant - STAN - first of all he is an extremely IMPORTANT person (for CUPP Interns) in many ways. First, he is a distributer of our weekly stipend!!! Not him exactly, but somehow he is involved in it - our coord Sasha use him as a bodyguard, a fellow who goes with him to the bank and a VIP who is eligible to withdraw money from the bank account.

He is a right hand of our MP, in fact he makes and arranges everything for the MP. Sometimes I can not understand how he manages to make everything in time. (!!!!)

When you see Stan, words from the american movie comes to your mind - “Hey, Dude? Where is my cow?” - maybe because he is an extremely interesting personality to observe.

Apart from giving Aishe and me various tasks, he is always complaining that we make everything too slow (“famous Canadian-Croatian humour”). Once, we had to make a multiculturalism table for every district all across Canada. Just for you to realize: there are 9 provinces in Canada and more than 100 districts. Notwithstanding it was complicated, we did it, and now we are completely aware of the existence of each Canadian district... I guess you can call us multiculture-district-pro.. owing to Stan...

So, coming back to Stan - he is croatian with a great sense of humour. He always warns us about his mysterious and magic REPORT. According to his words, it’s a report full of Interns’ faults that we have made during our gorgeous 8 week internship (On behalf of all Interns, I can assure you that we have never made any mistakes, it is only Slavko’s CROATIAN imagination).

I would also like to mention that Stan is extremely devoted croatian to follow as he spends all his free time and vacations in the National Library of Chicago making some research on Croatia. His papers have been even published!!!

So, that is how our office stuff looks like!
I love them!
And once again “it’s all Aishe’s fault...”

Stanislava Tsarkova CUPP 2010 INTERN

 Stanislava Tsarkova

National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”

Intern to Mike Wallace, MP
Recipient of Senator Marta Bielish Scholarship

Tuesday, September 9
Dear, readers! You all know that every intern is supposed to write about 2/3 days of our stay here, in Ottawa. And as for me, it’s really interesting sometimes to read, what people did during the day, what their impressions are and whether they are different from mine. But the most important is that some time after our return to Ukraine, when we’ll be together, talking about our days in the Canadian Capital or simply sitting at home, doing nothing, we’ll be re-reading these diaries and recollecting our memories, emotions and feelings. It’s really great!

And you know, there were so many diaries already written, that everyone tries to introduce something new, make it in the different way: describe more emotions, than feelings: make more detailed description or less; write an interview or simply the story.

Unfortunately, yesterday was a very routine and not overloaded day for me. I got chicken pox on Saturday, and that’s why I had to stay in bed (at the hotel room) and almost doing nothing – starring at my laptop, chatting with my friends on the Internet and talking to those interns, who come to visit me. Despite all this stuff, I was reading and replying to lots of e-mails, writing several assignments both for the CUPP and my University.

In the evening, my friends came to me and invited to have dinner with them. You know, approximately a week and a half ago, we met a girl with Ukrainian background, who kindly agreed to cook something for us. She is very nice and friendly. She is doing her Masters here, in Ottawa, however she is from Toronto. As soon, as she got to know, that we are going to visit Toronto, she decided to tell us the most worth visiting places there: from sightseeing, historical buildings, art galleries, parks and to shopping facilities, entertainment and night life. It was very interesting and useful for us to now and we’ll definitely use this info in several days.

After chating with my friends, we decided to watch a French film “Les Choristes”, which I would recommend to everyone.

To sum it up, this is how my day passed. As you can see, it was not rather interesting and full of work at the office, but still there were a lot of things to do.