2017 EPC Nominee: Jennifer Keay

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Everyday Political Citizen Thursday, September 14, 2017 View Count = 1217

2017 EPC Nominee: Jennifer Keay

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Jennifer Keay of Whitecourt, AB, was nominated by CIVIX

Jennifer Keay is a teacher at Hilltop High School in Whitecourt, Alberta who has gone above and beyond by leading the Student Vote parallel election at her school. Passionate about the protection of democracy and helping young voters become comfortable about the election process, Jen is an advocate for civic education in her community.  During the 2015 federal election, Jen engaged more than 500 Hilltop students and facilitated their taking on the roles of election officials and casting Student Vote ballots for the official candidates. Instead of just studying about democracy, Jen’s students had the opportunity to experience the voting process first-hand and practice the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.

As well, during the 2015 election, Jen created a cross curricular project based learning unit with her math colleague that allowed students of voting age (or close to voting age) investigate electoral reform issues, analyze historical election statistics and educate their community about election issues. Students hosted an information evening where candidates had an opportunity to meet citizens as well help people register to vote. This included Jen’s colleague who voted for the first time in the 2015 election and has become passionate about protecting democracy. In the 2015 election, 26 students met Jen at their community polling station to share their first voting experience.

Democracy is not only an election period focus for Jen and her students. Every day, Jen helps her students understand their role in the Canadian Parliamentary system, practicing democratic principles each day. Students are encouraged to investigate issues facing the country and world, learning how to be critical thinkers and educate themselves on these issues. Jen led the Student Vote program again for the local elections this fall, and has played a key role on the CIVIX resource review team improving the free educational materials for teachers and students across Alberta. CIVIX looks forward to working with Jen, and other great educators across the country, to continue building the skills and habits of citizenship among young Canadians.

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Samara's Everyday Political Citizen celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. Conducted coast-to-coast-to-coast, the contest aims to recognize the rich diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowdsourcing hundreds of nominations from Canadians like you. Read more about Everyday Political Citizen, see more nominations, or submit your own nomination.

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