What would you do if you were mayor or chief of your community?

That was the question asked to Northlands College students entering the Northern Visionaries contest with short video submissions.

For the second year, Northlands College has partnered with Visions North and Beaver River, to get youth thinking about community development.

Over 40 students submitted videos to this year’s contest and 5 of those videos have been selected as finalists.

Bill Hogan, with Visions North, says it is important to get these youth thinking about economic development because they could be the future leaders of northern Saskatchewan.

“We are hoping that they recognize that within themselves and they all have ideas that can make our communities live, work and grow,” said Hogan.  “If we can keep those potential leaders that Northlands is putting out here in the north it can only make us stronger.”

The top 5 finalists have been announced and include:

Hailey Cross, La Ronge

Lindsay Fitch, La Ronge

Tracey Highway, Pelican Narrows

Gloriann McAuley, Cumberland House

Jasmine Mirasty, Stanley Mission

The winner will be named at a gala event on May 8.

This year’s top prize is a $2500 bursary and a trip to Top Gun fighter pilot training in Fullerton, California.