BARRIE, ON, Jan. 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Two long-time friends and entrepreneurs Dawn Mucci, and Tammy-Ann Chapman have announced a new initiative that is set to change the tone of politics across Canada. Canada's Top Mayor award is on the hunt to catch Mayors and municipalities doing something right within their communities. The competition starts February 2, 2019.
Appropriately titled #Canada's Top Mayor Award, the initiative is an online, social media-based competition that brings communities, businesses, and Mayors closer together, through promoting social change where needed most. Best of all, the real winners are the communities whose profiles will be raised, their local work highlighted, and the winning municipality will get to present their community improvement initiative or charity of choice with the funds raised through competition sponsorship.
Public nominations open February 2, 2019 for all big city Mayors with populations of 100 thousand or more. The nominees will be required to provide both a written and video submission that supports three categories; Talent/Sportsmanship; Leadership; and Growth, Progress and Vision. Along with their entry, the Mayors must specify which charities and/or initiatives they will support if they win.
"Our goal is to raise over one million dollars through the various levels of Sponsorship", says Dawn Mucci, who kicked off the fundraising efforts with a silver sponsorship on behalf of Lice Squad.com and Women of Charity Inc.
Public voting takes place between May and November with the top three Mayors moving on to the Judges Panel. The nine-judge panel will submit a scorecard that will ultimately decide the winner.
Judge Rob Laidlaw (singer/songwriter/producer best known for his contributions to Honeymoon Suite, Kim Mitchell, and Platinum Blonde) looks forward to seeing what this country is made of. "I'm excited to be a part of this awesome initiative. Our Canadian Mayors are the unsung heroes of our towns and cities across this great country. With this competition, we will elevate Mayors in an authentic way, and create an awareness towards their hard work and dedication to their cities."
Along with Rob, Judges on the Panel so far include recording artist and International Touring Agency Co-Owner Peter Jackson; author, athlete, broadcaster and physiologist Dr. Greg Wells; legendary athlete and motivational speaker Theo Fleury; and Start Up Canada's Victoria Lennox, with more names to be released in the coming weeks.
"It's all about bridging the communication gap on shared priorities between Municipal leaders and the people they represent," says Canada's Top Mayor Co-Founder Tammy-Ann Chapman. "This Award isn't just a competition. It's a celebration of our great Canadian Mayors, the communities that support them, and the businesses that help sustain them."
Mayor Lynn Dollin, who represents the Town of Innisfil, says, "as the Past President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) which represents almost all of Ontario's 444 municipal governments and as a former member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) I have seen firsthand the commitment and passion it takes to be a big city Mayor. Thank you to Dawn and Tammy-Ann for bringing forward this initiative. I think they all deserve to win."
MP John Brassard is looking forward to seeing the initiative unfold. "I hope that the Canada's Top Mayor Award initiative will encourage positive communication between politicians and their citizens and support locally elected officials in all the great work being done in their communities. I look forward to seeing who will be "Canada's Top Mayor."
To learn more about becoming a Sponsor, Celebrity Judge, or to follow along with this exciting new initiative visit www.canadastopmayoraward.com.
About Canada's Top Mayor Award Canada's Top Mayor Award was created with the vision to dispel the negative stigma surrounding politics and to start conversations that engage communities and help Mayors build inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable cities. It's a friendly competition that provides a positive platform which will recognize and award the contributions of Canada's big city Mayors and raise awareness and money for charities that they care about. The CTMA's goal is to increase political awareness by creating a positive platform for the Canadian population to become involved and engaged in their cities initiatives, ultimately leading to more awareness and improve voting rates for Canadian Municipalities.