Students, grab your inkwells or keyboards — the City of Fort St John is holding an essay contest about your vision for the city's future.
It's part of Local Government Awareness Week, which council has proclaimed between May 17 to 23.
“The responsibility of council is to look years from now to the future, and what do we want the community to look like?" said Mayor Lori Ackerman in a video posted online May 21.
"If you were a member on council, what would you want your children or grandchildren to enjoy in this community? That’s the role of council in the end: is to be the governing body to make the decisions on the policies that will drive us to the future."
Local governments provide the services citizens use and need most in their every day life: water and sewer, fire and police protection, and roads and recreation programs.
Fort St. John was incorporated as a village Jan. 1, 1948; as a town June 1, 1958; and as a city July 1, 1975.
Essays should be between 600 and 1,000 words.
They can be submitted to email@example.com up until June 1, with prizes to follow for the winners.
Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at firstname.lastname@example.org.