Think you can be mayor of Greater Sudbury?
Well, Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk thinks so, and she’s willing to give two local high school students the chance to prove it.
This fall, Matichuk is launching a “Mayor for the Day” contest.
Any Grade 10 student in the city is welcome to share their vision for the City of Greater Sudbury over the next 25 years and earn the chance to spend a day working alongside the mayor at city hall.
“Young people have so much to offer their community, in terms of energy and vision,” said Matichuk.
“In 25 years, they will be leaders in this community. I would like to see young people start thinking about community issues now, to imagine the kind of city they want to live in and then share it with us.”
The task ... Imagine the City of Greater Sudbury over the next 25 years.
What should Greater Sudbury have more of? Less of? What will the community look like? What will Greater Sudburians be doing for fun? For work? What will be Greater Sudbury’s role in Ontario, Canada or the world?
“As mayor, what are some initiatives you would implement in order to create a thriving, healthy community and a safe place to live, learn, work and play?” Matichuk asks. “I want to hear all of your ideas.”
Entries can include a short essay, a video, a photo essay, a song, a poem or any combination of these. Entries will be judged on creativity, thoughtfulness and an understanding of local issues.
The contest opens as soon as school starts this fall. Any student in any of the city’s four school boards is welcome to enter.
All entrants should expect their submission to be made publically available. Winners may be contacted by local media.
Who can enter?
Any Grade 10 student in the City of Greater Sudbury in any of the four school boards.
What can be entered?
You can choose one of four options, or any combination of the four:
- Essay (no more than 500 words)
- Photo essay
- Poem or song
How do I enter?
-Email submissions – essays, photos, videos, music or web links — to email@example.com, subject line “Mayor For A Day;”
-Mail submissions – hard copies, flash drives or CDs – to Office of the Mayor, Station A, 200 Brady Street, Sudbury, ON, P3A 5P3
How will submissions be judged?
All entries will be judged on creativity, thoughtfulness and understanding of local
How many winners will there be?
There will be two winners, one French and one English.
When does the competition start and end?
The competition starts the first day of school. All entries must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
How will the winners be notified?
All entrants will be notified once their entry has been received. Only winners will be directly contacted to arrange the prize.
What is the prize?
-Join Mayor Marianne Matichuk for a day at Tom Davies Square.
-Meet city staff, the people who keep Greater Sudbury running, and tour Tom Davies
-Lunch with the mayor and staff.
-Talk to different members of the mayor’s staff to learn about roles they fulfil.
-Opportunity for media interviews.
-swag bag of city stuff to share with your class.