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 many Canadians are disengaging from politics, we want to highlight the regular people who make their communities better every day. Samara profiles these role models' stories on our blog and 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 September 2016, Samara is asking YOU to nominate an EPCitizen. In October, a jury of prominent Canadians will select shortlists in three age categories (under 18, 18-29, 30+). Finally, in January 2017, Rick Mercer will annouce the winners of the Everyday Political Citizen project.
Who should I nominate?
EPCitizen is a project that celebrates ordinary citizens working in different ways to make Canadian democracy better. Think of one person in your community who goes above and beyond to "get political" to make Canada better. Is it your 12-year-old neighbour who enthusiastically knocked on doors in the last campaign? Or is it a busy parent you know who makes time to organize the PTA. Tell us about that one person who sticks out about this person and publicly thank them for their service by recognizing them nationally. For inspiration, read about last year's 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.