City of Chestermere News

Posted on: November 1, 2016

You can win $1,000 for a youth project of your choice!

Do you have an amazing idea that will contribute to the enhancement of our community? Are you involved in a local organization that supports the development of youth in Chestermere? If the answer is yes, then you are ready to apply for the Dave Mikkelsen Award for Youth.

"Former Mayor Dave Mikkelsen was a huge supporter of youth initiatives during his time on Council. This award honours that hard work while continuing to offer support to our young people,” said Mayor Patricia Matthews.

Past winners have spent the money in a variety of ways to improve youth programs in our community. Twelve year old Hannah Papke used the award to make the Loop Around the Lake fundraiser more inclusive for youth. Volunteer leader Megan Desplanque used the funds to start a YouTube channel directed at youth in Chestermere.

Impressed by applications from previous years, Chestermere City Council and past Mayor Dave Mikkelsen are looking forward to hearing more ideas from local youth and other groups on how they would spend the award.

"The creativity and passion shown by youth never ceases to amaze me,” said Dave Mikkelsen, past Chestermere Mayor and the award’s namesake. “We have many energetic young people here in Chestermere and I am so pleased that this award gives them the opportunity to show caring and concern for their community.”

Individual Chestermere youth ages 12 – 17 or organizations that serve Chestermere youth ages 12 – 17 are invited to apply for this award.

Submitting an application is very simple. Applicants are only required to submit a 500 word (or less) explanation of how the money will support or enhance the social, educational, spiritual or recreational experience and development of youth in Chestermere.

For more information about this award and to fill out an application form please visit The deadline to apply is November 30.

The Dave Mikklesen Award was established in 2010 to honour former Mayor Mikkelsen’s dedication to the City and its youth during his 12 consecutive years on Council. 

Click to apply!
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