11,000 Manitoba youth cast ballots in Student Vote program for the municipal elections

October 24th, 2018 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 11,000 elementary and high school students from throughout Manitoba had the opportunity to consider the future direction of their community and vote for the candidates running for municipal council 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 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 municipal government and school divisions, 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 3:00pm CDT today, more than 130 schools had submitted their Student Vote results for the 2018 municipal elections, representing 38 municipalities throughout Manitoba.


  • Winnipeg: In total, more than 8,000 students cast ballots from 75 schools in Winnipeg. Brian Bowman was elected mayor with 35 per cent of vote, defeating Jennifer Motkaluk (18%) and Don Woodstock (14%), among other challengers. The following candidates were also elected to council:
    • Charleswood – Tuxedo: Kevin Klein & Grant Nordman (tied)
    • Daniel McIntyre: Josh Brandon
    • Elmwood – East Kildonan: Robb Massey
    • Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry: Sherri Rollins
    • Mynarski: Ross Eadie
    • North Kildonan: Jeff Browaty
    • Old Kildonan: Devi Sharma
    • Point Douglas: Vivian Santos
    • River Heights – Fort Garry: John Orlikow
    • Boniface: Matt Allard
    • James: Scott Gillingham
    • Norbert – Seine River: Nancy Cooke
    • Vital: Brian Mayes
    • Transcona: Wally Welechenko
    • Waverley West: Janice Lukes (acclaimed)
  • Portage and Main Plebiscite: 4,676 Winnipeg students voted in the Portage and Main plebiscite – 2,550 (55%) voted ‘Yes’, compared to 2,126 (45%) who voted ‘No’.
  • Brandon: In total, 282 students cast ballots from 5 schools in Brandon. The following candidates were elected to council:
    • Ward 1 – Assiniboine: Jeff Fawcett
    • Ward 2 – Rosser: Glen Kruck
    • Ward 3 – Victoria: Barry Cullen
    • Ward 4 – University: Shaun Cameron
    • Ward 5 – Meadows-Waverly: John Loregio
    • Ward 6 – South Centre: Nick Brown
    • Ward 8 – Richmond: Ron Brown
    • Ward 9 – Riverview: Glen Parker
  • City of Thompson: In total, 97 students cast a ballot from 3 schools in the City of Thompson. Penny Byer was elected mayor with 34% of the vote.
  • The Pas: In total, 295 students cast a ballot from 3 schools in The Pas. Jim Scott was elected mayor with 36% of the vote.

COMPLETE RESULTS FOR ALL MUNICIPALITIES AND SCHOOL DIVISIONS: http://studentvote.ca/mbmunicipal2018/results/


Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2018 municipal and school board elections in Manitoba was made possible by the Government of Canada.


For further information, please contact Dan Allan at [email protected] or 1-866-488-8775.



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