The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has announced the winners of the annual It’s Your Job! Youth Video Contest.
The video contest challenged high school students across the country to use their creativity to produce an original video that could be used in social media to illustrate to younger workers the importance of working safely on the job. Contestants and their schools had a chance to win cash prizes, provincial/territorial and national recognition, and national entrants were also eligible to win the Fan Favourite award.
Twenty-four entries were accepted for national consideration from eleven provincial and territorial contests. The videos entered into the national contest were judged by a panel of three judges: Steve Horvath, President and CEO, CCOHS; Shirley Hickman, Executive Director, Threads of Life; and Amber Kells, a workplace injury survivor.
The winning video of the national contest was shown at the national launch of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in Saskatoon. In addition, during NAOSH Week, the public were invited to vote online for their Fan Favourite among the 24 entries. Voting took place via CCOHS’ Young Workers Zone website (http://www.ccohs.ca/youngworkers/video_contest.html) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CCOHS).
The winners and links to all of the winning videos are posted on the Young Workers Zone: http://www.ccohs.ca/youngworkers/video_contest.html.
The winners of the 2015 It’s Your Job! Youth Video Contest were:
- First place: “Rewind,” Brycen Roy, Trenton High School, Ontario
- Second place: “Dangerous Game of Dress Up,” Dakota Breau, Sanford Collegiate, Manitoba
- Third place: “Heat," Brooke Fusick, Wood Street Center, Yukon
- Fan Favourite: “A Second Thought,” Joel Kereluke and Luke Halyk, Foam Lake Composite, Saskatchewan
- The It’s Your Job! Youth Video Contest was held from the fall of 2014 to April 2015.
- Winners of the national judging category received $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place, and each winning school received a matching prize.
- The winner of the Fan Favourite category received $1,000.
- The online Fan Favourite voting contest was held from May 2 to May 10, 2015 via CCOHS’ Young Workers Zone and Facebook page.
- The Canadian public was invited to vote for their favourite video from among the 24 entries. In total, 51,792 votes were cast.