2017 EPC Shortlist Announced!

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2017 EPC Shortlist Announced!

2017 EPC Shortlist blog

We're pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Everyday Political Citizen contest!

Hailing from coast to coast to the north, these 18 political role models were nominated by people like you and then selected as finalists by a jury of prominent Canadians. Thank you to all who nominated!

This year, the jury recognized individuals who represent voices often excluded from the mainstream, and those who've overcome personal adversity by creating community programs and engaging with the political process to bring about change.

The contest received over 200 nominations this year, bringing the total number of nominations to over 1,200 since 2013! The finalists are separated into two age categories: Under 30, and 30 and Over.


The 30 and Over Shortlist:

  • Mary Beth Wighton of Southampton, ON was picked by Senator André Pratte for using her personal experience with dementia to empower and advocate for others.
  • Jennifer Keay of Whitecourt, AB was picked by Preston Manningfor educating the next generation of Canadians about democracy by leading Student Vote parallel elections.   
  • Brenda Bronfman of Bradford, ON was picked by Jen Sungshinefor advocating for animal justice through founding Wishing Well Sanctuary farm.
  • Naheed Khan of Ottawa, ON was picked by Buffy Childerhose for addressing structural issues that affect low-income residents like herself and her family. 
  • Joseph Briggs of Scarborough, ON was picked by Naomi Sayers for seeking justice when targeted by anti-Black racism.
  • Lorelei Williams of Vancouver, BC was picked by Matt Price for her use of art and community engagement to address issues of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 
  • Marc Hull-Jacquin of Toronto, ON was picked by Ed the Sock for creating a non-for-profit service that provides victims of domestic abuse with emotional and physical support.
  • Zeinab Mohamed of Ottawa, ON was picked by Nam Kiwanuka for starting a community homework club that provides both educational assistance and mentorship. 
  • Bonnie Briggs of Toronto, ON was picked by Desmond Cole for her unwavering commitment to end homelessness in her city.

The Under 30 Shortlist:

  • Janelle Hinds of Mississauga, ON was picked by Margaret Atwoodfor increasing youth civic engagement and promoting STEM education in under-represented communities.    
  • Noah Irvine of Guelph, ON was picked by Kulvir S. Gill for taking a personal tragedy and using it to push for a better national mental health strategy.
  • Mariam Jammal of Toronto, ON was picked by Yasin Dwyer for creating an online platform where youth can engage in political written and artistic media. 
  • Dylan Cohen of Vancouver, BC was picked by Kakeka Thundersky for being an active champion for youth in care of the government.
  • Yvonne Su of Guelph, ON was picked by Rick Mercer for starting the viral “vote mobs” phenomenon and encouraging democratic participation among youth.
  • Nabaa Alam of Calgary, AB was picked by Senator Douglas Blackfor his contribution to the renewable energy industry and creating a more sustainable future for Canadians. 
  • Teagyn Vallevand of Whitehorse, YK was picked by Julie Caron-Malenfant for facilitating workshops on lateral violence for Indigenous youth.
  • Patience Evbagharu of Toronto, ON was picked by Ruth Kaviok and the Parliamentary Internship Programme for her involvement in city politics and empowering youth to get engaged.
  • Jackson Muskego of Bunibonibee Cree Nation, MB was picked byMichael Redhead Champagne for creating meaningful programming for Indigenous youth around healing and mental health.

Read all the nominations and jury testimonials at samaracanada.com/everyday-political-citizen/2017-epc-shortlist.

This year's finalists highlight not only the incredible impact that ordinary Canadians are having in communities across the country but the importance of engaging in our political process in order to make a difference.

The winners will be announced by Rick Mercer on December 7th.

Help us honour these inspiring and hardworking Canadians by sharing their stories with your social networks!  Find a sample tweet below:

[email protected] officially announced the 2017 #EPCitizen Shortlist! Check out the finalists' inspiring stories here: samaracanada.com/everyday-political-citizen/2017-epc-shortlist

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