Calgary is a great place to live. We’ve got a beautiful metropolitan downtown core, with many different cool hubs outside of it. It’s got the liveliness of a big city but still be charm and friendliness of a small town. We have many amenities to take advantage of, and lots of places to go for a good time. I know that I personally love and am passionate about this city, and when you’re passionate about something, you’re bound to want to make it even better and seek opportunities for improvement. That is what the Mayor Youth Council’s annual Mayor for a Day contest allows you to do! If you have ideas that you think would benefit the city and make Calgary an even better place to live, apply online by March 27th to have your shot at making these ideas a reality. The application process is simple, and just involves you to explain your three ideas for the city. This year, the contest will be in conjunction with the
“3 Things for Canada” initiative started by the Mayor’s Civic Engagement committee, and it is a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th through community involvement.
Submissions can be in essay form OR in the form of a video submission, and will be reviewed by a panel that includes Mayor Naheed Nenshi. The successful applicant will be hand-selected by Mayor Nenshi, and will get the opportunity to take a day off school to join him at City Hall, where they will get to understand what his role is in the municipal government, as well as discuss one of their ideas for Calgary with the city officials in charge to understand how to make it a reality. If you are in Grades 9-12, be sure to apply at https://youthcentral.com/mayorforaday/!
Check out last year’s winner, Grade 9 student Erin’s application video above and read more about her day as Mayor here: https://youthcentral.com/blog/2016/04/27/congratulations-to-our-2016-mayor-for-a-day-erin/