2017 EPC Winners Announced!

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Everyday Political Citizen Friday, December 08, 2017 View Count = 3955

2017 EPC Winners Announced!

The results of the 2017 Everyday Political Citizen contest are in... and they're unprecedented.

For the first time in EPC history, four finalists tied for first place in the Under 30 age category, meaning that five extraordinary political citizens have won the fifth annual contest! These results remind us that true political leadership can be found in all communities, and in each one of us. Or in the words of Dave Meslin, Samara's Chief Electoral Officer, “it's everywhere, it's plural and it's diverse.”


From over 200 nominees, a jury of notable Canadians, including author Margaret Atwood, activist Desmond Cole and director Buffy Childerhose, selected 18 finalists of all political stripes and passions and then voted on winners. Last night, juror Rick Mercer announced the winners: renewable energy innovator Nabaa Alam, civic engagement mobilizer Janelle Hinds, mental health activist Noah Irvine, anti-violence workshop facilitator Teagyn Vallevand and missing and murdered Indigenous women advocate Lorelei Williams.

For more about each winner and runner-up, keep reading!


Nabaa Alam (Under 30 age category) of Calgary, AB was shortlisted by juror and Senator Douglas Black for his contribution to the renewable energy industry and creating a more sustainable future for Canadians. Senator Black said: “I'm nominating Nabaa because of his incredible work for the renewable energy industry in Alberta. His work converting canola into three products: bio-jet fuel, renewable gasoline, and renewable diesel shows how young Albertans are leading the way for Canada."


Janelle Hinds (Under 30 age category) of Mississauga, ON was shortlisted by juror Margaret Atwood for increasing youth civic engagement through founding Helping Hands, and promoting STEM education in under-represented communities. Margaret said: “Janelle is supremely qualified as an Everyday Political Citizen. She has founded and worked on so many programmes–Helping Hands, Phase One, Daughters of the Vote–to change the game positively, especially for those in STEM for who don't fit the standard image."


Noah Irvine(Under 30 age category) of Guelph, ON was shortlisted by juror Kulvir S. Gill for holding our elected officials accountable and pushing for a better national mental health strategy.Kulvir said: “Noah has turned personal tragedy into a rallying cry for systemic change. The courage he has shown in telling his family story and demanding a national mental health strategy is matched only by his determination in the face of complacency and political doublespeak. The inspiration of this 17 year old reminds us all that it takes only one light to challenge the darkness."


Teagyn Vallevand (Under 30 age category) of Whitehorse, YK was shortlisted by juror Julie Caron-Malenfant for facilitating workshops on lateral violence for Indigenous youth through her organization, Youth For Lateral Kindness. Julie said: “Through her courage to speak up about violence, and her commitment to increasing dialogue and giving youth a voice, Teagyn is quite simply inspiring!"


Lorelei Williams (30 and Over age category) of Vancouver, BC was shortlisted by juror Matt Price for founding the Butterflies in Spirit dance troupe to raise awareness about those affected by the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls crisis. Matt said: “I wanted to shortlist so many people, but Lorelei stood out for me not just because of her use of creativity and art to address issues of tragedy and justice, but also because she does it all as a single mom. Thank you Lorelei, and thank you to all the nominees for your work to make your community better."

The runner-up in this year’s 30 and Over age category is Marc Hull-Jacquin of Toronto, ON for creating a non-profit service called Shelter Movers that provides victims of domestic abuse with emotional and physical support. Juror Ed the Sock shortlisted Marc because "he sees that problems like domestic abuse are like a Magic Eye poster—the closer you get, the more you see they're made up of lots of components that get lost when looking at the big picture."

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding political role models!

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