2013 Everyday Political Citizen Winners

2013 Everyday Political Citizen Winners

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up!



Left: MP Craig Scott presents youth winner Ali Chatur with a congratulatory plaque.
Right: MP Megan Leslie celebrates in Halifax with winner Mark Coffin and finalist Joanne Macrae



All nominees (and nominators too!) of the Everyday Political Citizen project are reminders that honest, optimistic, well-intentioned, hardworking everyday people are engaged in the political system. 

It was really difficult for our jury to narrow the nominees down to a shortlist, and even more difficult to vote for a winner. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their time and hard work on this project. 

Now, get to know the the first winners and runners-up of our
Everyday Political Citizen project...



Adult Category
Winner: Mark Coffin from Halifax, NS
Runners-up: Idil Burale from Toronto, ON and Sam Livingstone from Fort McMurray, AB


A bit about Mark from his nominators Amy Donovan and Nancy Watson:

Mark Coffin is founder and president of the Springtide Collective, a non-partisan public interest group dedicated to improving democracy in Nova Scotia and empowering Nova Scotians to do the same. Through Springtide, Mark has produced a series of videos (the Three Minute Citizen project, available on YouTube) explaining how Canadian democracy works in a simple and engaging way...He works tirelessly throughout his professional life, his community involvement and Springtide to further this cause. Read Mark's full nomination

Read Idil's full nomination.

Read Sam's full nomination.




Youth Category
Winner: Ali Chatur from Toronto, ON
Runners-up: Justice Betty from Toronto, ON


A bit about Ali from his nominator MP Craig Scott:

Young people like Ali Chatur give hope that citizen participation can help remake our flagging democracy. Still in high school, Ali has a special ability to inspire his peers to see volunteering within local riding associations of political parties as one way to better connect citizens to institutions like Parliament. Ali’s exceptionally active involvement in the Toronto-Danforth NDP began at age 13. Just as one example, under his co-leadership, around a couple dozen youth attend regular NDP Youth meetings at which guest speakers and thought-provoking films generate discussion on the best solutions to public policy challenges. He was also elected Ward 29 Youth Councillor as part of the City Youth Council of Toronto project. Read Ali's full nomination

Read Justice's full nomination