Meet the new Mayor (for a day)

Post Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
There's something different about the Office of the Mayor today... and it might have something to do with who's in the mayor's chair.

Judy Tran--a 17-year-old grade 12 student at John Diefenbaker High School--is this year's winner of Youth Central's Mayor for a Day contest. Thanks to her winning essay about the three things she'd like to improve at The City of Calgary, she spent the day with Mayor Nenshi and City staff to share her ideas and learn more about the business of government.

In her essay, Mayor (for a day) Tran said that she'd want to improve customer service at Calgary Transit (her idea: more heated bus shelters!), improve and beautify pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and invest in more cultural spaces for artists.

Over the course of day, Judy met with representatives from the various City departments that would be responsible for implementing her ideas. In these meetings, she learned about what's happening at The City and City representatives learned more about her ideas and perspective--especially as a pedestrian and cyclist who uses Calgary Transit regularly and is passionate about culture in Calgary.

The Mayor for a Day contest is a partnership between the Office of the Mayor and Youth Central. It is part of Youth Week--a week of events, workshops and fun for youth in Calgary.  

Mayors Nenshi and Tran meet with the students of City Hall School