Using the hashtag #Ivotebecause, contestants shared their reasons for voting by tweeting, posting a picture or creating a video on social media.
Each of the winners used a different social media channel to enter the contest– Facebook, Instagram and YouTube respectively. All winners are full-time students between the ages of 17 and 25 who call Mississauga home.
The #Ivotebecause contest received many enthusiastic and creative entries. The contest encouraged youth to talk about why it’s important to vote and to be more meaningfully engaged in the life of their city. Visit the #Ivotebecause Storify site to see the winning entries. The contest entries were judged by a panel based on creativity and social media reach.
The panel included:
Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga, (joined panel after Election)
Patricia Lonergan, Editor-in-Chief, Metroland South (Mississauga News)
Khaled Iwamura, Editor, InSauga
Trevor Sookraj, Student Trustee, Peel District School Board
Crystal Greer, City Clerk, City of Mississauga
Photo is of #Ivotebecause contest panel members Patricia Lonergan, Editor in Chief, Metroland South; Crystal Greer, Mississauga City Clerk; and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie; and contest winners Rahul Mehta (1st prize); Maxwell Tran (3rd prize) and Angela Krone (2nd prize).