2015 EPCitizen nominee: Danielle Kydd

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2015 EPCitizen nominee: Danielle Kydd

EPCitizen buttonThe 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. Read more about the project here, see more 2015 nominations here and submit your own here.

danielle kyddNominee: Danielle Kydd

Nominator: Catherine McDonald & Forum for Young Canadians

City: Hamilton, On

Danielle’s interest in politics started when she was in grade nine and ran for her first elected position in her high school. Even when she did not get elected, she tried again the following years as she wanted to improve her school and make a difference in others’ lives. She ran her school diversity committee and chaired the social justice committee that promotes solution to issues of poverty both locally and globally.

As part of her school involvement, she raised money to help build a school in Dominican Republic and went there herself to help make a difference in the lives of the people that will attend that school. While there, she got touched by the ecological crisis the residents face. Once back home, she raised 2000$ to fight that injustice.

In 2015, she attended Forum for Young Canadians where she showed amazing leadership skills, desire to help people around her and a great maturity for her young age. Most recently, she came back from a week-long Youth Assembly Event in NYC at the United Nations Headquarters. She was selected with 700 other youth from all across the word who had the opportunity to discuss their visions of the world. During that week, she was able to share an initiative she is working on called the Los Cacaos Ecotourism Project.

Danielle is a great example of a "leader today who doesn't need to wait for tomorrow’’, which was the theme of the week in NYC. She is dedicated to making the world a better place but she also wants to understand how the government works here in Canada as a way to make a difference in Canadians’ lives. Danielle will be starting post-secondary study at U of Ottawa and she is definitely an amazing example of how Canadian youth can take their place and make a difference. I have no doubt she will accomplish much more and I look forward to see where she will be in 10-15-20 years. I am convinced it is not the last time you hear about her!


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