February 24, 2012 09:00 ET

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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2012) - The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) is announcing the second annual essay contest to encourage secondary school students to showcase their ideas on the value of public service.

The contest is open to full-time secondary school students in Ontario. A grand prize of $750 will be awarded to the student 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 April 27, 2012. Winners will be announced by the end of June.

"We look forward to once again receiving essays from students all across Ontario," said Gary Gannage, President and CEO of AMAPCEO. "Last year's submissions were passionate, articulate and insightful papers on the contributions of public services to our society, giving me hope that the future generation understands how the public sector adds value to our economy, our society and our lives."

Details of the contest have been sent to high schools all across Ontario. Essays should 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 outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth; Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; Public Health Ontario; the Ontario Racing Commission; Health Quality Ontario; and now, the Ontario Arts Council.

More information can be obtained by visiting our website:

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