Councillor McCann’s ‘I Love Barrie’ essay contest moves city-wide

Elementary students going to a city school will be invited to submit an ‘I love Barrie’ essay, an extension of a Ward 10 contest organized by Coun. Mike McCann.
In a memo to council from Rebecca James-Reid, executive director of Access Barrie, it’s explained the contest will be open to students attending elementary schools within city limits for February 2019.
The contest is an extension of the Ward 10 effort “whereby students who live or attend school in (the ward) were invited to submit an essay outlining their favourite things about their home in Barrie. The contest engaged youth in local government and inspired young people to reflect on what they love about their community, with the goal of spreading positivity,” she writes.
For 2019, the contest will expand across the city. Word of the contest will be promoted through a coordinated effort by City and school board staff, and through the City’s regular channels of communication. Participants will be asked to write a 350-500 word essay on why they love Barrie.
Entries can be submitted online via and in person to Service Barrie. It will launch on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) with a submission deadline of March 28, 2019. The top three submissions will be posted on, featured on City social media channels and the students will receive an ‘Experience Barrie PrizePack.’
Judges will include the mayor, a councillor and a staff person from Access Barrie.