Grade 8 student at Dorchester Consolidated School, Ryan Cadman was chosen as the village's Junior Mayor last week during the Shiretown Days Festival opening ceremony. Shown here during the festival parade on Saturday are, at left, Mayor J.J. Bear and Cadman, right. LEBLANC PHOTO
DORCHESTER, NB – The village of Dorchester has chosen its Junior Mayor, in conjunction with the annual Shiretown Days Festival.
A Grade 8 student at Dorchester Consolidated School, Ryan Cadman was introduced as this year’s junior mayor during the festival’s official opening ceremony on Wednesday evening.
Cadman said during Saturday events in the village that he’s very happy to be chosen for the position of junior mayor.
“I’ve lived in the Dorchester area all of my life . . . I always like to get involved in this village; I love it here,” he said.
All students applying for the position of junior mayor were required to write an essay on what they believe the village should be doing for its youth. This year, nine students opted to apply for the position, up from just four in 2013.
“Dorchester is such a small place, it’s so easy to get caught in that; but there is a lot that can be done for youths in the area . . . the park needs some upgrades, the ball park needed dugouts, the recreation centre needs a new coat of paint. Simple repairs to facilities in town could make things easier and more fun for the kids in Dorchester,” he said.
Cadman said the village provides some recreational activities for its youth, including monthly movies and the summer recreation program. He noted he’s looking forward to taking part in lots of events over the next year.
I’ve lived in the Dorchester area all of my life . . . I always like to get involved in this village; I love it here. Ryan Cadman
This is the second year the village has chosen a junior mayor and the village has decided to expand the position’s duties and responsibilities.
Mayor J.J. Bear said during festivities on Saturday that Cadman will maintain the title until next year’s Shiretown Days Festival.
“We’ll be carrying this over until the Sandpiper Festival in July. We’re expanding the role. Last year was the first year so it was a trial; but this year we’ve decided to expand the role to include other events throughout the year,” he said.
For the next year, Cadman will be Bear’s ‘shadow’ at local events and activities, with the goal of helping the student understand some of the responsibilities that come with being an elected official.
Bear said with more than double the number of applicants this year, it was a harder decision in choosing the winner.
“There were some very well-written entries this year, there was a much wider range of ideas and it was a tough decision choosing the best one,” he said.
Cadman, who hopes to have a future in the World Wrestling Entertainment business, said that so far he’s enjoying the experience of being Dorchester’s junior mayor.
“I’m grateful for being chosen, and I’m really looking forward to taking part in lots of things over the year,” he said.1