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Stouffville opens up annual Mayor for the Day contest

Applications are due by Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
Jan. 31, 2020
Simon Martin

Ever dreamed about what a day being mayor of Stouffville would be like? Now is your chance.

The office of the mayor is now accepting applications for its 2nd Annual Mayor for the Day contest. Applications are due Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

Open to Whitchurch-Stouffville students in Grades 5 to 7, the Mayor for the Day contest gives students an opportunity to share their ideas of how to make Whitchurch-Stouffville an even better place to live. Students are invited to submit either an essay or a 3-minute video, which will be assessed by a selection committee consisting of the town’s councillors.

The selected winner will be picked up from their school by fire truck and will spend the afternoon of March 3 with Mayor Iain Lovatt and town staff touring various facilities. The Mayor for the Day winner will have the opportunity to discuss their proposed ideas with the appropriate staff. Following dinner with the mayor and council, the lucky winner will end their memorable day at town hall by kicking off the 7 p.m. council meeting in the Mayor’s seat.

“Last year we were blown away by the quality of submissions and the thoughtful suggestions from our future community leaders,” Mayor Iain Lovatt said. “Beyond that, it was an incredible exercise in youth engagement. Although there was only one winner, Gabriella Bonanno, her entire St. Mark CES family celebrated her accomplishment with a mini parade on her day as mayor. It truly was one of the highlights of my year.”

More information and full contest details can be found at Written entries should not exceed 750 words and videos should not exceed 3 minutes.