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We want to hear the stories from your community!

Everyday Political Citizen is an annual contest that profiles ordinary people working to strengthen their communities. In a year where many around the world are questioning the merits of democracy, we celebrate Canada’s strength: the advocates, educators, organizers and politicos whose tireless dedication strengthens our democracy.

Between August 30th - October 13th, 2016, submit a nomination for the Everyday Political Citizen. Tell us whom #TheWorldNeedsMore of from your community!

Follow Samara's Facebook page and on Instagram to see nominated Everyday Political Citizens highlighted every week of this fall. 

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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?
From August 30th to October 13th, 2016, Samara is asking YOU to nominate an EPCitizen. Submit the story of how this person strengthens their community in big or small ways. 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.

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.

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. 

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, sponsor Bennett Jones, and the in-kind support of The TyeeiPolitics, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Civic Action.


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