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High school students are winners in Ontario’s WSIB video competition

Toronto, ON -- The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has presented three teams totalling 11 Ontario high...


Toronto, ON — The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has presented three teams totalling 11 Ontario high school students with prizes as part of the second annual WSIB Student Video Awards Contest.

The video entries, which were received from students across the province, demonstrated a growing awareness among Ontario’s youth of the importance of workplace health and safety.

“We issued a challenge to the creative talents of Ontario’s high school students and they responded with originality and style,” said the WSIB’s vice-president of prevention, Roy Mould.

A public presentation of the $1,000 first prize was held at the WSIB’s head office in Toronto May 8, 2003, with presentation of the $750 second and $500 third place prizes taking place in Ottawa. These presentations were part of the WSIB’s North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week activities.

“The commitment and creativity demonstrated by the entries made choosing a winner very difficult,” said David Williams, WSIB president and CEO. “Every entry expressed an understanding of the importance of workplace safety, and proved that Ontario students are ready to play a part in making this province the safest place in the world to work.”

The winners are:

First prize – Presence of Absence by Adrian Laurie, Hill Park Secondary School, and Chris Pare, St. Jean de Brebeuf High School. Both schools are in Hamilton and both students received Awards of Merit in the 2002 contest.

Second prize – Gas Station Safety by Joey Racek, Brandon McParlan, Pat McIntomny and Jonny Ferguson of Kanata’s Holy Trinity Catholic High School.

Third prize – What If? by Bryony Etherington, Kanata Maracle, Kate Askin, Marion Lanktree and Krista Costanza of Canterbury High School in Ottawa. Canterbury High School also produced a third-place winner in 2002.

Entry forms and information about the upcoming third annual WSIB Student Video Awards Contest will be sent out to all Ontario high schools in the fall of 2003. That information will also be on the WSIB’s website at www.wsib.on.ca.

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board plays a key role in the province’s occupational health and safety system. The WSIB administers no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers and is committed to the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses. The WSIB provides disability benefits, monitors the quality of health care, and assists in early and safe return to work for workers who are injured on the job or contract an occupational disease.