Everyday Political Citizens

The Everyday Political Citizen project celebrates the un-sung heroes of Canadian democracy. Conducted coast to coast to coast , the Everyday Political Citizen project aims to recognize the diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowd-sourcing hundreds of nominations for political citizens and showing some of the many thousands of ordinary people engaging in big and small ways in this country's rich political culture.

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 here

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

This year 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 Councillor Michael Walters and Mayor Don Iveson in Edmonton and Mayor Naheed Nenshi in Calgary. 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.

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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