MP Challenges Students to Help Create Their Canada

LONDON – Secondary School students and undergraduate students at UWO and Fanshawe College are being challenged to get involved in politics by participating in the “Create Your Canada” contest sponsored by London-Fanshawe MP Irene Mathyssen.

We are building on a successful first year of the contest. Recently the 2009-2010 winners visited Ottawa to see their legislation introduced in parliament. Mathyssen has made a couple of significant changes to this year’s contest. Eligibility has been expanded to include college and university undergraduates, while several graduate students at Fanshawe College have been engaged to be “Student to Student Ambassadors”, visiting classes at London’s secondary and post-secondary schools to help promote student involvement.

“One of the great things about London is the energy and creativity that Fanshawe and UWO students bring to our community,” said Mathyssen. “By expanding eligibility, and by involving graduate students as contest ambassadors, I hope to generate even more interest and good ideas for this year’s contest. It really is about the ideas that will make Canada a better place”.

This year’s winner will be selected by a panel of judges made up of local media representatives, including; Kate Dubinski a reporter with the London Free Press, Fresh FM’s Mindy Williamson, and /A\ Television’s Don Mumford. The student with the winning submission will win round trip travel and accommodation to join Mathyssen in Ottawa for a tour of parliament and the opportunity to be in the House of Commons to see his or her legislation tabled in parliament.

Mathyssen launched the second year of the contest speaking to students at Fanshawe College, organized by the first of the student ambassadors, Kate Pugh.

More information on the contest is available at: