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Youth Achieving Great Things in South Dundas

It’s no secret that South Dundas is a socially active community, home to many volunteers and individuals achieving great feats. South Dundas thrives from the organizations, volunteers and residents that continuously make positive impacts on the area. What you may be surprised to learn is that among these groups are avid and enthusiastic youth. These individuals are creating personal success for themselves, as well as making South Dundas an overall better place to live.

This summer, the Municipality of South Dundas is looking to recognize outstanding youth who are frequently making a difference and are accomplishing major achievements. Accomplishments can be anything from someone volunteering their time at local organizations, achieving high academic success, or being a mentor for younger youth. Residents can nominate youth between the ages of 15-29 by emailing the name of the youth they are nominating, along with a brief description of the achievements to rhunter@southdundas.com. Those chosen will have the chance to be featured in a story profile shared with the rest of the community.

“We know that youth are accomplishing great things within the community,” said Kaeghan Lowson, Youth Engagement Intern. “By recognizing youth, we hope to encourage them to continue striving for high success in South Dundas, as well as to get others more involved within the community.”

Youth Stories

Youth Doing Great Things Edition 1 – Shayna VanBeilen

Youth Doing Great Things Edition 2 – Sarah McMillan

Youth Doing Great Things Edition 3 – Bryce St. Pierre

We Want YOU for Mayor!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Mayor? Do you want to make a positive impact in the community? South Dundas is looking for a member of the community between the ages of 15-29 to take on the Mayor’s role for a day with the hopes of engaging young people in Municipal matters.

“Through the recently completed Youth Engagement Survey, we have seen that many youths between the ages of 15-29 are curious about the role of Council,” said Rob Hunter, Economic Development Officer. “This is a great opportunity to step into that role and learn what our Mayor does on a daily basis.”

The lucky winner will have the opportunity to meet with Mayor Steven Byvelds and other members of Council, take part in the Mayor’s day-to-day Municipal life and try on the Chain of Office. The winner will also take home a $100 prize from local businesses.

“Youth are the future of South Dundas,” said Mayor Steven Byvelds. “Their ideas and thoughts are very valuable and important. I’m looking forward to meeting with the winner and teaching them the role of a Mayor.”

South Dundas residents between the ages of 15-29 interested in applying for the “Mayor for a Day” contest can email Youth Engagement Intern Kaileigh Helmer at khelmer@southdundas.com with their name, contact information and a short summary (100-200 words) providing two ideas that would help improve South Dundas for youth in the community. The final day to submit entries is July 26, 2019.

“We know that youth in our community have original ideas, and we are excited and eager to hear them!” added Mr. Hunter.

The “Mayor for a Day” contest is part of the larger Youth Engagement Initiative the Municipality of South Dundas is undertaking for Summer 2019.