Monday evening’s City Council meeting kicked off a little bit differently than usual.
This year’s Mayor for the Day, Helena Bubinas, a gr. 5 student at F.H. Clergue, sat beside Mayor Provenzano to start the meeting off.
“I want to thank the submission review committee,” Provenzano said, “and I want to thank everybody for their hard work; we had a tremendous number of really great submissions this year, and you made my job a lot easier.”
Bubinas’s video submission (which can be viewed here) was then shown, where she outlined her plans to improve the boardwalk, distribute more art around the city, make transit available to everyone (and for free), and teach kids how to run their own businesses. Bubinas also pointed out what she loves about the Sault – events (such as Rotary Fest), clean air, fresh water, trees, nature and parks.
“We landed on that submission for a number of reasons,” Provenzano explained, “but one of the things that we really liked was that Helena identified a number of priorities that were very specific, and then she walked through each one of those.
“And she landed on some things that are really important – our boardwalk does need some attention…and she also talked about how important our youth were…we thought there was a lot of great substance there.”
Bubinas and Provenzano then handed out Honourable Mentions awards to Mayor of the Day runner ups, and a cheque presentation of $300 to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation, which was the charity Bubinas chose.
Bubinas then received a Mayor of The Day medallion and certificate from Mayor Provenzano, before heading back to the gallery whilst the meeting commenced.