On Tuesday at the City of Airdrie's council meeting, Vincent B. (last name withheld for confidentiality) was announced as the winner of this year's Mayor for a Day Challenge.

The challenge is in collaboration with the City as well as local schools. It is an annual contest that provides Grade six students and their schools an opportunity to learn about municipal government and share their innovative ideas on ways to improve the community.

Vincent's idea was to create a historical scavenger trail to help residents learn more about Airdrie's history. At the meeting, Vincent stated he was very grateful and thankful for the opportunity to be the Mayor for a Day.

"Vincent felt that the scavenger trail would be beneficial to our community because it would be a fun and interactive way to learn more about our city. Not only will people gain more knowledge of Airdrie, but it's also a great way to be active. Being outside and learning will positively impact our mental health and physical well-being," stated Madison Broussard who is with the Airdrie Board of Youth Affairs.

This year, a total of 21 submissions were received from seven Airdrie schools. Last year's challenge had the same number of participants.

Winning the challenge, Vincent will have the opportunity to co-chair a council meeting, attend a lunch with Mayor Peter Brown, tour different city buildings and attend a meeting with the respective department(s) to discuss opportunities for implementation and learn more about his idea through a municipal lens.

Social planning has allocated $10,000 to support the implementation of Vincent's scavenger trail idea.

According to the city, this youth initiative provides an opportunity for students to become more actively engaged with local government while learning about it in school. The goal is that by participating in the Mayor for a Day Challenge, students have a stronger connection to their community and have a better understanding of how the City plans and prepares for current and future projects.

The 2023 winner of the challenge was Ashlyn W. Her idea was a plan for a pollinator garden in Airdrie. Such a garden would increase pollination by planting flowers that provide nectar or pollen for all sorts of pollinating insects (not just bees if you please). 

The challenge has been a council-supported initiative since 2012.

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