April 14, 2011 16:44 ET

AMAPCEO Announces Annual Essay Contest to Encourage Students to Think About the Value of Public Service in Our Society

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2011) - The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) is announcing an annual essay contest to encourage secondary school students to showcase their ideas on the importance of public service.

The contest is open to all full-time secondary school students in Ontario. A grand prize of $750 will be awarded to one recipient whose work is judged to be the best by an independent panel of judges. Second prize is $500 and third prize is $300.

Essays must be 1,250 to 1,500 words in length. The deadline is May 17, 2011. Winners will be announced in June.

"This contest was created to encourage serious and thoughtful discussion among students about the nature of public service in Canadian society," said Gary Gannage, President and CEO of AMAPCEO.

Details of the contest have been sent to high schools all across Ontario. Essays can be sent to More information can also be found at

More About AMAPCEO and Our Members

Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 12,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in ten cities outside Canada. We also represent employees in five independent agencies: Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth; Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene; Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion; Ontario Racing Commission; and Ontario Health Quality Council.

More information can be obtained by visiting our website:

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