Everyday Political Citizens


The Everyday Political Citizen project celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. 

Conducted coast to coast to coast, the EPCitizen 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. Each year, adult and youth winners and finalists are chosen by a jury of prominent Canadians like Rick Mercer.

EPCitizen developed out of Samara research. In this case, our report Lightweights shed light on the diversity of forms of political participation and the need for Canadians to more fully appreciate what democracy looks like beyond the ballot box.

To find out more about EPCitizen or to get in touch about any questions you might have, don't hesitate to write to our Communications Coordinator Mark Dance right here. Opportunities for partnership with EPCitizen are described below.

2014 Everyday Political Citizen Winners

Thank you to all the nominators and nominees for making the second instalment of Everyday Political Citizen so great, with more than 350 nominees from coast to coast to coast. You can check out all the nominees by clicking this link and you can watch Rick Mercer announce the 2014 Everyday Political Citizen winner below: 

Adult winner Tim Halman is a high-school political science teacher who was nominated by MP Robert Chisholm. Chisholm was impressed by Halman’s leadership in inspiring young Canadians to take an interest in democracy. Read Tim's nomination here. 2014 youth winner Nessa Deans is not your average grade six student. At only eleven years of age, Nessahas volunteered countless hours to her community and local political campaigns. Read Nessa's nomination here.

Runners up this year are Patti Melanson, a registered nurse from Halifax, NS, Anubha Momim, a community blogger from Iqaluit, NU, and Benoît Langevin, a youth outreach program director from Montreal, QC.  Youth runners up this year are Tia Carey of Guelph, ON and Wes Prankard of Niagara Falls, ON.

See the 2014 Adult Shortlist here, and the 2014 Youth Shortlist here. Also thank you to this year's Jury who made this very tough decision! 

Partner with Samara on EPCitizen 2015

2014 was the second instalment of the Everyday Political Citizen project and it saw a huge growth in partnerships. We found amazing municipal partners in two Albertan cities. People like Mayor Naheed Nenshi in Calgary and Councillor Michael Walters and Mayor Don Iveson in Edmonton (check out all the Edmonton nominees in this great document that the city prepared!). We also had huge support from elected folks like NDP MP Don Davies, Conservative MP Kyle Seeback and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.

From the response we’ve received to the project, we already know we want to expand our partnerships for 2015. If you have suggestions for cities, partners, sponsors or if you want to be a Samara ambassador leading the project in your community or municipality, please let us know by emailing Communication Coordinator Mark Dance.

If you are a municipality hoping to learn about how the partnership can work for you, let us know and we'll fill you in on the different possibilities.

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.

The process

After receiving over 350 submissions from Canadians across the country, seventeen jury members, including CBC personality Rick Mercer, NHL defenseman Grant Clitsome, Edmonton Councillor Michael Walters and former mayor of Iqaluit Madeleine Redfern, selected a shortlist from the nominations collected coast to coast to coast. With Chief Electoral Officer Dave Meslin's help they voted, using the Borda method, on the winners (read more about the Borda method).

The EPCitizen Project is generously supported by


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