Earlier this week, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) announced the winners of the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest. First place went to Cédrick Provost, Xavier Provost and Mollie Fillion from Quebec for their emotional and powerful video titled Au Revoir.
Second place went to Ontario’s Brennan Windsor for his fun Safety Rhymes video complete with pot smoking Lego people. And third place was awarded to Alexandre Paquette, Benjamin Babineau and Mathieu Allain from New Brunswick for L’importance du verrouillage, which demonstrates the importance of lockout/tagout.
“This contest is unique because it gives youth across the country a chance to share their own unique perspectives of what workplace safety means to them,” said Anne Tennier, president and CEO of CCOHS. “Congratulations to the winners and all participants on helping raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety.”
The video contest challenged youth 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, said CCOHS. The winners’ received cash prizes and a matched amount was given to their educational institutions: $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place.
Nine entries were accepted for national consideration from provincial and territorial contests. The judges were Steve Podborski, president and CEO of Parachute; Shirley Hickman, executive director of Threads for Life; Denis St. Jean, director of health and safety at the Public Service Alliance of Canada; and Diandra Budd, CCOHS’ 2017 Dick Martin Scholarship Award recipient.
The public was also invited to vote online for the Fan Favourite award, with a cash prize of $1,000. This year’s award went to Hannah Mackenzie and Nathan Trembley from Saskatchewan for their video Focus on Safety.