Mayor for a Day winner to visit city hall

Côte Saint-Luc, July 30, 2010 – On August 3, 2010, Mayor Anthony Housefather will welcome the winner of this year’s Mayor for a Day essay-writing contest to city hall. The contest is open to grade 5 and 6 students.

The 2010 winner Leah Bessner, a grade 6 student at Hebrew Academy, will see how the City of Côte Saint-Luc operates on a typical day, beginning with a breakfast with Mayor Housefather. Leah will also tour city hall, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, and the departments of Public Safety, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation.

A committed student interested in math and reading, and a member of the Côte Saint-Luc swim team, Leah will gain a greater understanding of city services and activities. Leah, who one day hopes to be a lawyer, looks forward to her meeting with the city administration.  

“I love living in Côte Saint-Luc,” Leah said. “I can’t wait to talk to the Mayor about his job and what it’s like to make important decisions.”

At the city council meeting on September 13, Leah will read her winning essay.

The Mayor for a Day essay-writing contest encourages students to tell the city what they would do to improve it if they were in charge. The annual contest was launched in 2007.

“One of our priorities in Côte Saint-Luc is to encourage students to learn about their city and their municipal government,” Mayor Housefather said. “We believe contests like these can help empower students by giving them direct access to their elected leaders and to matters that concern them.

“I was impressed with the number of interesting ideas expressed in the student essays. It was obvious that many students thought a lot about their city.”

Leah’s mother, Tina Kauffman, says their family regularly attends Côte Saint-Luc events and Leah’s father is a Volunteer Citizen on Patrol (vCOP). She says it was natural for Leah to be interested in writing an essay on how she would improve the city.

“Leah’s always been concerned about the world around her, so this will be a very exciting opportunity,” Tina said. “I’m sure she will tell the mayor how to make the city even better.”

Later this year, the city will launch a new junior advisory council, which will bring together young Côte Saint Luc residents to advise the city on youth-related issues.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-6800 ext. 1802, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

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