The children attending our Mini-U World-Wide Kids summer camp had a special surprise Monday when the Mayor Naheed Nenshi showed up for a visit.
“Excited?” said 10-year-old Parth Thacker. “I was more than excited when I found out, I was crazy!”
World-Wide Kids is a social sciences-based camp that considers how our civilization was built and examines different types of government. The mayor was asked to come in and discuss a topic he is very familiar with – leadership.
“One of the hardest parts of my job is dealing with the many, many requests I receive to fix problems,” Nenshi told the kids. “What I tell people is that I can’t fix everything – it’s up to you to make the changes. I tell them the city has lots of resources that can help, but if they really want to make a change in their neighbourhood, or in the City of Calgary, it has to start with them.”
Nenshi went on to encourage the kids to try his “3 Things for Calgary” campaign. In essence, he suggests all of us think of three things we can do to make our school, neighbourhood or the city a better place, try to achieve those goals, then encourage others to do the same thing.
It was a camp experience the kids will likely never forget. For his part, Thacker was over the moon.
“I didn’t know much about the mayor, but my parents have been teaching me about him and Canada’s government for the last few months because they knew I was going into this day camp,” he said. “I really enjoyed it – I learned much more about him and it was a lot of fun!”