At the January 18 Council Meeting, local youth Jay Bailey was awarded the 2017 Dave Mikkelsen Award for Youth for her idea to create a community wide youth talent show.
“We received seven amazing applications for the Award this year,” said Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “Mr. Mikkelsen and I had a tough choice and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply. We are happy to announce we have selected Jay Bailey’s application to create a youth talent show and look forward to seeing it come to life next year.”
Seventeen year old Jay and her friend Shaun Fisk have wanted to put on a community talent show for some time.
In her application, Jay said “While many schools in our community do a talent show themselves, we wanted to have one where everyone can participate no matter what your age or talent. We want this to be a talent show where not only things like gymnastics, singing and dancing are shown off but also things like photography, art, wood work…are shown as well.”
They plan on using the $1,000 award towards renting a space for the event. Jay would also like to see participants auction off their art items and put the money raised back towards local youth organization Synergy.
“We have started planning and have decided what we want the event to look like. We currently don’t have a date set - that of course will depend on when we can get a large enough location to host this event. We should be deciding more things like that as soon as the New Year rolls around,” said Jay.
The $1,000 Dave Mikklesen Award for Youth was established in 2010 to honour former Mayor Mikkelsen’s dedication to the City and its youth during his 12 consecutive years on Council.
“If the Dave Mikkelsen Award for Youth causes our children to pause and consider how they can help the community, even if they don't apply, it's done what it is intended to do," says Mikkelsen.
Last year’s winner used the $1,000 award, combined with community sponsors towards a water filling station at the Skate Park.
The 2018 Dave Mikkelsen Award for Youth will open again next fall to Chestermere youth ages 12-17 or organizations serving Chestermere youth. Successful endeavors eligible for this Award contribute to enhancing the community, supporting personal growth and impacting the future of Chestermere in a positive and meaningful way.