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Thank you to the over 200 nominators and nominees who participated in the Everyday Political Citizen project! The contest is now closed. Samara will announce the shortlists in three age categories on November 22nd, 2016. 

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Meet the Jury

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What is the EPCitizen project?
Everyday Political Citizen (EPCitizen) is a project to tell local stories about Canadians' participation in their democracy. At a time when countries across the world are facing crises in their democracies, we want to showcase the individuals holding up Canada's strong political system and contributing to our rich social fabric. Samara profiles the advocates, educators, mobilizers and politicos through traditional and social media. We hope these everyday stories will inspire other Canadians to get involved in Canada's democracy. 

How does it work?
Through the Fall of 2016, Samara crowdsourced nominations for EPCitizens. In November, a jury of prominent Canadians will select shortlists in three age categories (under 18, 18-29, 30+). Finally, on December 8th, 2016, Rick Mercer will annouce the winners of the Everyday Political Citizen project. 

Who is an EPCitizen?
EPCitizens are ordinary citizens working in different ways to make Canadian democracy better.

Do you know a Hana? She’s a young newcomer, advocating on behalf of her peers at her local school board. What about someone like Mark? He uses creative tools to educate his community about the political process. Or another, Sanaa? She brings out the people in her community by the hundreds to mobilize around issues they care about.

Meet the 2016 EPCitizen nominees. 

Has this worked before?
Yes! This year will boast EPCitizen's fourth annual contest. In the past three years, we've received over 800 nominations representing every province and territory in Canada. Scroll through our blog to read last year's nominations. 

Watch Rick Mercer name the 2015 EPCitizen winners

Media impact

Through Everyday Political Citizen, we want to share the most inspiring stories of political citizenship with the entire country.  Here are just a few of those stories from the last three years:

Cree youth mentor Cory Nicotine appeared on the APTN National news. Luke, founder of StopGap Ramp, spoke to the Toronto Star and As it Happens. Vancouver School Board ambassador Hana joined the two men in an interview in the National Post. Runners-up Alyssa Frampton, Abdikadir Warsame and Tim Otitoju, and Jorgina Sunn were also featured in local news.

During the 2014 contest, Postmedia covered the whole shortlist that year. Metro Edmonton talked to 2014 youth winner Nessa Deans while the Chronicle Herald caught up with the year's adult winner Tim Halman.

For a complete (and certainly exhaustive) compilation of EPCitizen in the media, take a look at our News Coverage page

EPCitizen Sponsors

The Everyday Political Citizen project would be impossible without contributions from generous sponsors. Funding helps us run our website, create promotional materials, convene events around everyday political citizenship and build the community of Canadians who are passionate about positive politics.

We would like to thank RBC Foundation for their donation, sponsors Bennett Jones and Price Waterhouse Cooper and the in-kind support of The TyeeiPolitics, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Civic Action.

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