KENTVILLE, NS - At just 15, Cameron Oikle is getting ready to become Kentville’s mayor.
Oikle is among the hundreds of Grade 9 students around Nova Scotia participating in Take Our Kids to Work Day on Nov. 1, which gives students the opportunity to learn about different careers. He shadowed Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow for the day.
“I thought running a town would be very interesting,” he says, explaining his interest in seeing how things are done.
The Northeast Kings Education Centre student says this is definitely something he imagines doing in the future and says the relationship a mayor gets to have with not only their colleagues, but also with the town, is something special.
As with all the kids experiencing the work place today, Oikle has been participating in several activities that make up a mayor’s day.
He went to the pumpkin drop at Kings County Academy, the Primary-Grade 8 school he had attended the year before. Being shown around the town hall and visiting the public works department and the parks and recreation department are just some of the other things Oikle experienced during the day.
Snow said Oikle would be very well suited for the job.
“He’s very personable, he knows people and he likes to talk to people,” she said.
She says connections, along with connecting with people, are important for this sort of job – two things she says Oikle already does well.
Snow says not being afraid to ask for help and studying up on different topics are two things that come with being mayor, and it’s a really great job overall.
“It’s probably the best job they could ever have,” Snow says.
“You bring everything that you’ve ever learned in your life, to the job.”
Editor’s note: This article was written by Zoe Anderson Gillis, a Kentville resident who attends Grade 9 at Ecole Rose des Vents in Greenwood. Anderson was attending Take Our Kids to Work Day at KingsCountyNews.ca.