Guelph's Su and Irvine nominated for political awards
Guelph’s Yvonne Su and Noah Irvine are on the shortlist for this year’s Everyday Political Citizen, by Toronto-based charity Samara Canada.
Since 2013, Samara Canada has held the annual contest to recognize political role models who have stepped out to improve their communities and strengthen democracy. Individuals are nominated and showcased on the charity’s blog and social media channels. Then a jury of prominent Canadians selects winners in three categories: under 18, 18 to 29, and 30 and older.
Both Su and Irvine were nominated in the under-30 categories. Su was selected by the CBC’s Rick Mercer, and Irvine was selected by Kulvir Singh Gill, the co-founder of SEVA Food Bank.
Su is the University of Guelph student who orchestrated the first Vote Mob in 2011 — a campaign to encourage young people to vote and politicians to take young voters seriously. It turned into a national movement with campuses across the country holding their own vote mobs.
About Su, Mercer wrote “Yvonne’s vote mobs change voting from simple civic duty to super fun, social activity and the results speak for themselves. The future of Canadian democracy is bright."
Su is also one of the founders of Vote Savvy, an organization that partners with Elections Canada to provide resources to students on how to vote.