Rebeka Thompson to be the mayor

Grade 11 student wins contest to be Parksville’s mayor for a day

Parksville has a winner.

In recognition of Youth Week in B.C., Parksville city council recently conducted a Mayor for a Day essay contest.

Rebeka Thompson a 17- year-old, Grade 11 student at Ballenas Secondary School is the author of the winning essay and will serve as honourary mayor for a day.

Emma Deering, a 13-year-old Grade 8 student from Springwood Middle School was chosen as deputy mayor.

This is the second year Parksville council has provided an opportunity for youth to speak their minds during the Mayor for a Day contest.

Chosen by council, the essays were passionate, honest and thoughtful and the concerns brought forward by the students are very similar to the issues faced by council. A total of 10 essays were received by the city.

On May 9, the two honourary council members will spend the day with Mayor Chris Burger to see first-hand how the city operates on a typical day. Both students will attend the May 7 council meeting and will be recognized for their submissions.

As Honourary Mayor for the Day, Thompson will participate in the meeting and read her essay to Council and to the public.

“We were impressed by many of the ideas expressed in the student essays and I look forward to hosting Rebeka and Emma,” said Mayor Chris Burger.

 

Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May and an opportunity for the city to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by young people in their communities and to celebrate the valuable work youth and youth organizations do year round.

Just Posted

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

Ballenas grad to perform opera and art songs in Parksville to fund Prague trip

UBC music student Juliana Cook was asked to study and sing in the Czech Republic

Qualicum Beach versus Parksville – who wins?

Councils could take part in first-ever lawn bowling challenge

Ravensong Waterdancers to get you in sync

Teams will perform 12 routines at watershow on April 28

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 staws each year

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Most Read