Hana Woldeyes (under 18 category) of Vancouver, B.C. is a 17-year-old advocate for newcomer youth. Hana immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia two years ago. Since then, she has educated school teachers and principals about newcomer youth experiences, and has learned about Canada’s political system to make it more accessible to other newcomer youth. Juror and Samara’s co-founder Alison Loat says “Who can’t be inspired by Hana Woldeyes? A newcomer to Canada who within just a few short years is more involved than many who have lived their lives here, and who furthermore is helping those around her better understand how politics works and how to connect to it.” Read her nomination.
Cory Nicotine (ages 18-29 category) is a Cree man of Saddle Lake, Ab. currently based in Edmonton, Ab. Inspired by Idle No More and a life-changing trip to Tanzania with Canada World Youth, Cory started the program Knowledge is Powwow to break down cultural and religious barriers among youth. Of Cory, Everyday Political Citizen juror Bob Sutton said “By hosting a series of events amongst vulnerable youth from diverse backgrounds to discuss together such issues as social justice, civic engagement, voting, religious pluralism and diversity, Cory has exemplified the kind of citizen action that cannot go unnoticed. Clearly by his spirit, his action-orientation, and his grasp of the very essence of our humanity, Cory represents the very best of Canada’s future, and he will no doubt play a pivotal role in it.” Read his nomination.
Luke Anderson (ages 30+ category) is a structural engineer based in Toronto, On. who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2001 and now uses a wheelchair. Luke founded the StopGap charity to provide temporary ramps to local businesses. Ben Errett, who nominated Luke, said, “Luke has brought together volunteers and donors to create real, positive change at street level for everyone who has difficulty with commonplace barriers. His work is political in the best possible way: it unifies diverse interests in the common cause of making public life tangibly better for all citizens.” Read his nomination.
Special mentions to runners-up Corbin Grieves (Under 18), Abdikadir Warsame(18-29 category) and Jorgina Sunn (30+ category)!