I am excited to let you know that I have once again launched my annual Gloucester-Southgate Ward Essay Contest for students in Grade 9 to 12 living in the community. This year’s topic will be ‘Local Government Matters’. For the third year in a row, Hydro Ottawa has graciously agreed to sponsor this contest with cash prizes for the top three submissions.
Contest details below:
Local Government Matters Essay Contest
Your Local Government
When you think of government, the breathtaking views of Parliament Hill often come to mind. However, did you know that your local City Council is the level of government that most affects you daily? It’s true. Municipal government and your local representatives are responsible for providing so many of the services you use every day. Whether you’re biking down the Greenboro pathway, hanging out at your local Community Centre, or catching a ride on OC Transpo, you are using a city service.
Have Your Say. Should the voting age be lowered?
Municipal Elections are held once every four years. Voting gives you the power to choose a representative that best reflects your values and someone who will advocate for the issues important to you at City Hall. Currently, voters must be 18 years or older to be eligible to vote in a Municipal Election. Do you think the voting age should be lowered?
We Want to Hear from You!
Youth are invited to enter the “Local Government Matters” Essay Contest. City Councillor Diane Deans is asking youth and young adults in Gloucester-Southgate Ward to share their experience with local government while answering the following questions:
- How does local government affect you?
- What kinds of concerns do you have in your community?
- What local issues are you passionate about?
- Should the voting age be lowered to allow youth to participate in local elections?
Cash prizes for top essays will be awarded and there is no fee to enter.
- Must be a resident of Ward 10 (boundaries can be found online or by calling 613-580-2480)
- Student in grades 9-12
- Entrants cannot be relatives of the judging panel
RegulationsEnglish or French
- 500 – 750 words
- Original Work
- Reflect the themed outlined
- Must include students current address and contact information
- Submitted by deadline outlined below Essays will be judged by a panel of local community leaders and will take into account the following items:
- Content: How clearly is the theme represented?
- Style: Does the essay flow nicely and provide a clear vision?
- Originality: Does the essay show creativity and imagination?
- Critical Thinking: Are the suggestions well thought out and reasonable?
Hydro Ottawa as a key member of the Gloucester-Southgate Community has provided financial sponsorship for the top three essays. 1st Place: $1000 2nd Place: $500 3rd Place: $250Please note that by submitting an essay in this contest, the entrant agrees that the essay is his/her original work and that s/he is the owner of any and all intellectual property in the work. In order to be declared a winner, the entrant will be required to assign the copyright in the essay to the City of Ottawa and to execute a release in favour of the City of Ottawa. The entrant must also agree to the full or partial publication online and in local newspapers by the City of Ottawa of the essay and his/her name and address of residence and biographical information. In the event the entrant is a minor, these documents will need to be executed by the entrant’s legal guardian.
Winners will be announced at the Councillor’s Annual New Year’s Levee in January 2018 (details to follow)
Deadline All submissions MUST be received no later than 4 p.m. on November 13, 2017. Essays can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand delivered to the address below: Greenboro Community Centre (Diane Deans’ Office) 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive