August 19, 2005 17:00 ET

CIDA: Honourable Larry Bagnell Congratulates Whitehorse Youth on Winning a Trip to Africa

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 19, 2005) - The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Yukon, congratulated Whitehorse-youth Marie Abbott for winning first place in the individual writing category of the 2005 butterfly 208 contest for young Canadians. This year marks the fourth edition of the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) contest.

"It is with great pride that I congratulate Marie Abbott for her excellent work in writing her way to the top of this year's butterfly 208," said Mr. Bagnell. "Her remarkable entry has enthusiastically showed that Canadian youth from all over Canada, including the Yukon, are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they are also the leaders of today."

"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."

Ms. Abbott and the other grand prize winners travelled to Tanzania earlier this month. As special butterfly ambassadors, they visited development projects and experienced the rich culture and unique challenges of life in a developing country. They also received a hand held digital camcorder as a prize.

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.

This year's grand prize winners are:

- 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.

- 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 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.

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

  • Hon. Larry Bagnell
    Member of Parliament for the Yukon
    (867) 668-6565
    Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    France Bureau
    Press Secretary
    (819) 953-6238
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)