Cobourg Mayor John Henderson Launches ‘Mayor for the Day’ Contest

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The contest aims to educate students on the importance of municipal government.

The Town of Cobourg and Mayor John Henderson have announced this year’s 2. ‘Mayor for the Day’ contest, where one lucky student will be named the Mayor of Cobourg on October 21, 2019.

In the past, The Province of Ontario, The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) have partnered to develop “Local Government Week”. With a goal of increasing youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in Ontario communities, the Town of Cobourg will be celebrating local government and the importance of civic institutions on October 21, 2019.

As part of Local Government Week, the ‘Mayor for the Day’ contest initiative is open to students from grades seven through ten. The contest encourages young people to think about public service and future community leadership. This is an opportunity for youth to submit an idea to Municipal Council on how to make our community a better place to live, increase student interest and enhance student awareness.


“I am looking forward to this year’s Mayor for the Day contest, as it is important for me to connect with youth in our community and engage with potential community leaders,” said John Henderson, Mayor for The Town of Cobourg. “It’s also equally important to ensure our youth understand the role municipal government plays and the powerful impact we can all have on our community.”

The winner of the ‘Mayor for the Day’ contest will tour municipal facilities, spend time with the Mayor and officially open the Regular Council or Special Council meeting on October 21, 2019, have Second Street named after him/her for a week, and will have the Mayor attend the student’s class accompanied by a lunch for everyone where the Mayor will help educate and answer questions on municipal government.

How to Apply
Complete the online application form and/or upload a one-minute video answering the following questions:
1. Why would you like to be Mayor for the Day?
2. What concerns (list up to a maximum of three) do you have about our community and what changes would you make to address these concerns if you were Mayor?
3. Highlight one youth program related to one of the following areas: arts, culture, athletics, non-profit, environmental or civic, that is important to you; and how have you benefitted from this program.

Applicants are encouraged to review the complete contest details, guidelines and eligibility. The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4 p.m. EST.

For questions on the contest or application process please contact Toni Galea, Executive Assistant to the CAO and Mayor by emailing or calling 905-372-4301 x 4102.

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