OTTAWA - Thousands of Grade 9 students in Canada took part in Take Our Kids to Work Day on Nov. 7, but it’s likely that Isaac Lockert had the most memorable of all of them.
The 14-year-old’s day didn’t include a trip to an office building or a factory. Isaac instead started out at Rideau Hall, swung by the Ottawa police headquarters to meet the police chief and wrapped things up with an introduction to Parliamentarians.
Isaac won a national contest designed to inspire kids to think about their future and their dream job. His career plan is to become a police officer.
“Hopefully you can be a hometown cop and work right here in Ottawa,” police Chief Charles Bourdeleau said to Isaac as the Orleans teen visited the Elgin Street station. “It’s a tremendous career.”
From the chief’s office, Isaac and his father Jeff were whisked off to meet members of the Ottawa police tactical team, where Isaac was loaded up with bulletproof gear and a helmet. Isaac is a member of the 632 Phoenix air cadets squadron in Orleans, but his time spent firing a .22-calibre air rifle didn’t prepare him for hoisting a heavy rifle – unloaded – that the officers use on their calls.
“It’s heavy,” Isaac said of the gun and gear, “but you feel safe.”
Earlier in the day, Isaac met Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall to receive congratulations on winning the Ultimate Dream Job Contest.
The contest is an initiative of the Learning Partnership, a charitable group that also organizes the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day, which sees thousands of Grade 9 students shadow a parent or friend for a day so they can experience a career.
Following the visit to the police station, Isaac and his father were scheduled to lunch with MP Royal Galipeau on Parliament Hill. Galipeau was expected to rise in the House and introduce Isaac as the winner of the national contest to all MPs.