Updated: Mar 12
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Bracebridge! Your mayor Graydon Smith has been nominated for Canada's Top Mayor Award.
The inaugural award is a community driven fun and friendly competition between Canada’s mayors with the intention of bringing communities together.
Canada's Top Mayor Award website notes that it looks "at the good and positive things going on in our Canadian cities and towns. It unites us all in our civic pride and allows us to show off all the best parts of our communities and ourselves. The winning community and Mayor will be awarded a monitory prize for community improvements or their local charitable causes, The Community Cup Trophy and of course bragging rights."
Mayor Smith has humbly accepted the nomination and pointed out that "lots of his peers were nominated too."
"Ah well it's a fun thing ... Would be great to win some money for community improvements," he said.
The award aims to recognize the positive contributions mayors and community leaders make while celebrating civic pride and "rewarding innovative, proactive and bold grassroots leadership."
Mayors are judged based on four criteria; a video describing the best attributes of their community and themselves; answer a questionnaire highlighting their communities seven best municipal practices; submit their biography and photo; specify which local charities they will allocate their winning prize money to. Nominations then go to a committee comprised of past mayors and councillors and then to a public vote in October 2020. A shortened list of mayors then goes to a panel of celebrity volunteer judges who score them on the four criteria.
Celebrity judges include former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion, former National Hockey League player Theo Fleury, former Dragon's Den investor and personality Brett Wilson and Cash Cab host Adam Growe.
The prize is currently sitting at $37,000 with additional funds being raised throughout the year. The winning mayor will be announced at a gala in Spring 2021.
In his letter of support for the award Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote that the "event is a wonderful opportunity to honour Canadian mayors for the hard work they do in their communities every day. I would like to congratulate all of this year’s nominees for their outstanding public service."
Ontario's Premier Doug Ford said this is a "terrific opportunity to celebrate the vital work done by Canada’s mayors and to recognize their outstanding contributions to good local governance. As someone with first-hand knowledge of what it takes to serve local government, I have nothing but the greatest respect for our municipal officials and for the work they carry out each and every day."