More than 60,000 elementary and high school students participate in B.C. local elections

October 20th, 2018 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 60,000 elementary and high school students from throughout British Columbia had the opportunity to consider the future direction of their community and vote for the candidates running for local government and school trustee.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

Participating schools were supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learned about local government and the electoral process, and researched the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students took on the roles of election officials and coordinated an election within their schools.

At 4:00 pm PST today, 538 schools had submitted their Student Vote results for the 2018 local elections, representing 105 municipalities and regional districts throughout British Columbia.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Vancouver: In total, 8,132 students cast ballots from 62 schools in Vancouver. Kennedy Stewart was elected mayor with 19 per cent of vote, defeating Ken Sim (15%), Hector Bremner (14%) and Shauna Sylvester (11%), among other challengers. The following candidates were also elected to council:
    • Adrian Crook
    • Justin Caudwell
    • Pete Fry
    • Melissa De Genova
    • Adriane Carr
    • Ken Low
    • Elizabeth Taylor
    • Jojo Quimpo
    • Rebecca Bligh
    • Christine Boyle

 

  • Surrey: In total, 7,459 students cast ballots from 61 schools in Surrey. Tom Gill was elected mayor with 34 per cent of vote, defeating Doug McCallum (23%), Bruce Hayne (16%) and Pauline Greaves (11%), among other challengers. The following candidates were also elected to council:
    • Linda Annis
    • Rina Gill
    • Doug Elford
    • Maria Foster
    • Narima Dela Cruz
    • Avi Dhaliwal
    • Roslyn Cassells
    • Laurie Guerra
  • Richmond: In total, 3,032 students cast ballots from 25 schools in Richmond. Malcolm Brodie was elected mayor with 54 per cent of vote, defeating Roy Sakata (16%) and Hong Guo (10%), among other challengers. The following candidates were also elected to council:
    • Alexa Loo
    • Carol Day
    • Chak Au
    • Kelly Greene
    • Derek Dang
    • Sunny Ho
    • Bill McNulty
    • Andy Hobbs
  • Abbotsford: Henry Braun won with 50 per cent of the vote (by 14 votes)
  • Burnaby: Derek Corrigan won with 58 per cent of the vote
  • Kamloops: Kenneth Lorne Christian won with 65 per cent of the vote
  • Kelowna: Colin Basran won with 54 per cent of the vote
  • Langley (City of): Val van den Broek won with 50 per cent of the vote
  • North Vancouver (District of): Mike Little won with 39 per cent of the vote
  • Nanaimo: Leonard Krog won with 58 per cent of the vote
  • Victoria: Lisa Helps won with 34 per cent of the vote
  • White Rock: Grant Meyer won with 40 per cent of the vote

The complete results for all municipalities, regional districts and school districts can be found at http://studentvote.ca/results/bclocal2018 

 BACKGROUND: 

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians develop the habits of active and engaged citizenship. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2018 local elections was made possible with support from the Government of CanadaCity of VancouverCity of SurreyCity of RichmondDistrict of North VancouverCity of Langley and City of White Rock.

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