Mayor Mercer takes his post
PETE FISHER Northumberland Today Chatting it up on the phone, 10-year-old Port Hope Mayor for a Day Kallaway Mercer looks a bit too comfortable while Mayor Linda Thompson jokingly looks like she’s eager to get back in her seat.
Kallaway Mercer, a Grade 5 student at St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School took up his post as Port Hope’s Mayor for a Day on Tuesday.
After a review with the management team and meeting with the heads of various departments Mayor Mercer toured the Town Hall before heading to the police station to meet with Chief Kevin McAlpine and staff.
Other scheduled events were to stop in at some local businesses, and have lunch at a downtown restaurant.
Kallaway’s video entry for the Mayor for a Day program was selected from 100 entries submitted by Port Hope students in Grades 5 to 8. As the second part of his term, Kallaway will preside over a council meeting and act as Mayor on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Eight other students, based on their exemplary entries, received a classroom pizza party with the mayor and an invitation to attend the Feb. 12 council meeting. Abbey Morrison, Dayton Crombie, Brendyn Beck, Ella Teasdale, Madison Taylor, Cavanagh Matmor, Aryan Patel, and Evan Kaczanowksi will present their entries that evening.
“We are really looking forward to having Kallaway join us as Mayor for a Day and to having all the students present their entries at Council,” Thompson said. “I have had the pleasure of visiting several classes already and the students always have great questions and comments about our community. It is clear that our young people love Port Hope and have great vision for the future.”
The Municipality of Port Hope is committed to youth engagement and the Mayor for a Day program was implemented in 2011 to promote Local Government Week, an Ontario-wide initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH). The program encourages students to learn about what takes place at the local level of government.