He is only 12 years old, but can already say he ran the City of Winnipeg for a day. Henry G. Izatt student, Nazar Viznytsya, was picked from more than 200 entries to become Winnipeg’s Kid Mayor.
“Being mayor for the day was really tiring but also very fun because you get to do and see so many cool things,” shared Nazar.
Nazar’s teacher encouraged him to apply to the contest run by Mayor Brian Bowman as a fun way to highlight civic politics and the work that goes on at City Hall. Students were asked to find ways to improve our city. Nazar’s pitch focused on improving downtown safety by using more streetlights.
As part of his prize, the grade 7 student had the chance to help Mayor Bowman chair a committee meeting, get behind the podium and rub shoulders with the Chief of Police.
“My favorite moment was when I got a tour of the police museum and the police's tactical unit. It is a much harder job then I thought because there are just so many things that need to get done.”
On his Twitter account, Mayor Bowman shared an update on the day by saying, “Enjoyed spending the day on Tuesday w/ Winnipeg’s 1st ever #KidMayor, Nazar Viznytsya. Given Nazar’s interest in public safety pleased to introduce him to women & men of our @wpgpolice. Thank you Chief Smyth for your kindness & hospitality.”
It might not be surprising that after a day like that, Nazar has big plans for his future. He has been inspired and is considering a job in politics.