July 27, 2005 11:56 ET

CIDA: Butterfly Winners Flap to Tanzania

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 27, 2005) - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced the winners of the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) 2005 butterfly 208 contest for young Canadians. This year marks the fourth edition of the contest.

"Once again, the remarkable entries received show that Canadian youth are moved by the challenges faced by the developing world," Minister Carroll said. "By participating in this contest, Canadian youth have taken a first step in getting involved in the fight against poverty and inequality around the world."

Paddy Torsney, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, also participated in the event.

"Congratulations to this year's winners on their excellent work in writing, filming, painting and recording their way to the top of butterfly 208," Ms. Torsney. "Their remarkable entries have enthusiastically demonstrated that Canadian youth are not just the leaders of the future, they are also the leaders of today."

CIDA's annual youth contest - butterfly 208 - is an art, writing and multimedia contest for Canadian youth between the ages of 14 and 18 designed to interest youth in international development and engage them in global issues. It takes its name from the theory that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world can have a huge impact on the other side of the globe. It also celebrates the connection shared by youth in all 208 or so countries around the world.

The grand prize winners will travel to Tanzania from July 31 to August 13, 2005. As special butterfly ambassadors, they will visit development projects and experience the rich culture and unique challenges of life in a developing country. They will also receive a hand held digital camcorder as a prize.

This year's grand prize winners are:

- Group art and multimedia category: Andrew Metrick, Chaminda
Gunawardene and Kourosh Totonchian of Toronto, Ontario, for their
provocative song The Awareness Trio both composed and performed.

- Individual writing category: Marie Abbott of Whitehorse, Yukon,
for Le Papillon, which puts a human face to the AIDS orphan
crisis in a gripping powerful call to action.

- Individual art category: Melissa Power of Stoney Creek, Ontario,
for her untitled submission on canvas, covered with newspaper and
oil paint, awakening us to the challenges innocent African
children face on a daily basis.

- Teacher category: Joseph Vincent Skuce of Colonel By High School
in Ottawa, Ontario, who encouraged and inspired the highest
number of students to participate in the contest.

CIDA's partners in this year's butterfly 208 contest are: SANYO Canada, What Magazine and Promotions, Cable in the Classroom, TV Ontario, Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO), Club 2/3, CODE, Taking IT Global, Global Vision (Junior Team Canada), Canadian Geographic, and Plan Nagua.

To view all of the prize-winning entries, visit the "Winning Flaps" section of the butterfly 208 website:

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    France Bureau
    Press Secretary
    (819) 953-3160
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)