A few Edmontonians, some newcomers and those born-and-raised here, were awarded for their stories about what makes Edmonton special yesterday.

Mayor Stephen Mandel doled out prizes to residents who contributed to edmontonstories.ca at city hall. The site was launched last May to heighten positive awareness of Edmonton through the experiences of locals and visitors. Prizes were awarded based on an online vote.

Riki Roy won the written story grand prize for her piece, A Strange Way of Growing On You.

Roy moved here from Tanzania five years ago so her son could study nanotechnology at U of A. She said this is the longest they’ve lived in any country.

Roy loves the “town-like feel” the city has.

“People in Edmonton are very warm — let’s forget about the weather!” she said.

Roy won a Mac computer and family passes to various Edmonton attractions.

Colin Nekolaichuk and young Alexa Johnson won the grand prize for their video, “This is My City.” Johnson narrated about life in Edmonton from a kid’s perspective.

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