Everyday Political Citizen celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. The project aims to recognize the diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowd-sourcing hundreds of nominations for political citizens and celebrating some of the many thousands of ordinary people engaging in big and small ways in this country's rich political culture.  

On December 3rd, 2015 Samara wrapped up the third annual contest and announced this year's three winners. 

The contest runs every year and opens in the summer. For updates on the Everyday Political Citizen project subscribe to Samara's newsletter. 

Congratulations to the 2015 EPCitizens!

3 winners


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)! 


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.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of EPCitizen, please get in touch with Samara's Managing Director Kendall Anderson at [email protected].

2015 sponsors include:

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Media impact

Part of the purpose of EPCitizen is to share the stories of everyday political citizenship across the country in an effort to shift the perception of Canadian political culture.

In that spirit, we do our best to connect EPCitizens with the media and have their voices heard. You can mine some of our mountain of 2014 EPCitizen media here:  

Teacher and shortlist member Neeta Kumar-Britten appeared in both the Herald and the Cape Breton Post. Youth worker Benoit Langevin, a runner-up, made it into the pages of the Montreal Gazette. The Edmonton Journal interviewed shorlister Nicole Chatterton and the Calgary Herald profiled Wendy LeesPostmedia covered the whole shortlist here while our director of research Jane Hilderman took to the pages of Huffington Post to write about the value of the projectCBC Vancouver talked to Eddie Tang, Metro Morning in Toronto chatted with Kevin Vuong, CBC Calgary featured Wendy Lees, CBC Cape Breton covered Neeta Kumar-BrittenCBC Kitchener-Waterloo interviewed Tia CareyMetro Edmonton talked to youth winner Nessa Deans while the Chronicle Herald caught up with adult winner Tim Halman.



#EPCitizen on the blog

  • December 04, 2015

    Announcing the 2015 EPCitizen winners!

  • October 30, 2015

    2015 EPCitizen nominee: Rachel Décoste

    Rachel has made a name for herself as a person who deeply understands the issues and enhances political discourse by adding the voice of the marginalized, and often racialized perspective.
  • October 30, 2015

    2015 EPCitizen nominee: Arjun Sahota

    How many seventeen year olds do you know that can not only explain City Council and Committee structure, but can also facilitate workshops for other young people on how their city is governed?
  • October 30, 2015

    2015 EPCitizen nominee: Ebyan Farah

    Ebyan Farah, is a mentor to many, an inspiring community organizer, who has used her eloquent and convincing voice to engage new Canadians in the political process.