Everyday Political Citizen: Happy Election Day!

Nominate a local leader for the Everyday Political Citizen Project today!


The federal election day has finally arrived, and I’m very hopeful that we are going to see exemplary voter turn out this year. Record numbers of people came out for the advance polls last week, which seems like a good indication that Canadians, and Edmontonians, are invested in the outcome.

Regardless of political preference, voting is an important responsibility, one that shouldn’t be shirked lightly. We owe it to our country, our city, our communities, and ourselves to take this right and run with it. It’s critical that we pass this message along to new voters as well. If you know a young person who may be hesitant about voting, make sure to encourage them to go, or better yet, bring them with you to the polls. We’re voting for their future, and they deserve to be a part of that decision.

If you know someone who volunteered, donated, or spent time getting informed this election, you can also take today to thank them. Even when we don’t all agree on issues, involvement in the process should be celebrated by all - it’s is reflective of a community that cares.

It’s easy to get caught up in the sweeping story of a federal election campaign, but it’s important to remember that much of the work done to make our communities great is happening just a few doors down from us, not necessarily in the halls of Parliament.

The leaders who take on that community work often don’t get salaries. They don’t fly on campaign planes or get national media interviews. They work away, most often unrecognized, building our communities from the ground up.

I say this not to disparage those who put themselves forward for public office - it’s a brave and difficult road, one which I congratulate every candidate, win or lose, for venturing down. But it is also brave to stand up in your community and give voice to your hopes for it, to your desires for the future and memories of the past.

There is always the fear that no one will answer the rally call, that the vision will fail, that the often paper thin resources won’t be enough. Yet people all over our City still stand up every day and make that commitment, regardless of trepidation, because they carry the belief that by building together, life can be better.

So while you’re out voting today, please take some time to think about the names you probably won’t be seeing on the ballot. The names of those who don’t ask for much, but give us all so much through their desire to make a difference. And if a name pops into your head, of someone who has made your community just a little bit better and brighter, nominate them. It takes minutes, but that recognition could fuel the fire to see even better and brighter change throughout our communities, our city, and our country.

The deadline for Everyday Political Citizen nominates has been extended to October 28. If you’d like more information on the project, you can check out Samara’s website here: