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Grade 7 student named Mayor for the Day

The Office of the Mayor has announced the winner of the 4th Annual Mayor for the Day contest in Whitchurch-Stouffville.

The Glad Park Public School grade 7 student was “sworn in” as Mayor for the Day at the May 3 council meeting.

Kaylee Tse was picked up from her school in style by a Fire Truck from Station 5-1. From there, Mayor Iain Lovatt and staff escorted her on several tours of town facilities including the operations centre, Fire Station 5-1, the Leisure Centre and the Town Hall. She was also a distinguished guest at the new Memorial Park playground ribbon cutting.

Following dinner with the mayor, council and staff, she was officially sworn in as Mayor for the Day and opened the 7 p.m. council meeting in the mayor’s seat where she shared her ideas on how to make Whitchurch-Stouffville a better place to live.

“Kaylee’s submission stood out above the rest not only because of her ideas being relevant, feasible and well-researched but also because of her articulate delivery and empathetic tone,” Lovatt said. “I got into politics to help people, it’s my favourite part of the job and I can see that same spark in Kaylee. She had all members of council and senior leadership impressed by her thoughtful ideas and confident delivery.”

“Being the mayor for the day and seeing the behind-the-scenes operations was an eye-opening experience,” Tse said. “I have greater appreciation for all that is needed to get Stouffville to where it is today. Thank you Mayor Lovatt for all you have done for our community.”

Open to Whitchurch-Stouffville students in grades 5-7, the Mayor for the Day contest launched in February and gave students an opportunity to share their ideas of how to make Whitchurch-Stouffville an even better place to live. Applicants were invited to submit either an essay or a 3-minute video.

Photo: Student Mayor for the Day Kaylee Tse with Mayor Iain Lovatt and members of council.

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