July 31, 2012 09:00 ET

Winners of AMAPCEO Public Service Essay Contest Announced

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2012) - The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) is pleased to announce the three winners of the Association's second annual Student Essay Contest.

Secondary school students across Ontario were invited to showcase their ideas on the value of public service. Entries were judged on originality, creativity and knowledge of public service.

"We received many essays -in both English and French- from students all across the province," said Gary Gannage, President of AMAPCEO. "The essays we received were well written and insightful and we were impressed with their level of knowledge and awareness of the value of public service in Ontario."

Gannage extended congratulations to the three top prize winners:

  • Ian Hamilton of Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, Mississauga, who won the top prize of $750 for an essay on the importance of the public sector in recessionary times.
  • Amelie Albert of École secondaire publique northern, Sturgeon Falls, won the second prize of $500 for a paper on the importance of preserving public services in economically challenging times.
  • Sara Nielson of Elliot Lake Secondary School, Elliot Lake, won the third prize of $300 for an essay on the Children's Aid Society in Ontario.

Congratulations to all the students who submitted an essay. We received many exceptional papers and we wish them all the best in their future studies and careers.

The essays were judged by a panel of experienced public servants who are members of AMAPCEO: Barbara Gough, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; Sylvie Trepanier, Ministry of the Environment; and Lesley Benderavage, Ministry of Community and Social Services.

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 the Ontario Arts Council.

More information about AMAPCEO and its annual essay contest can be obtained by visiting our website:

Contact Information

    Liza Papanikolaou
    Communications Officer
    416-595-9000 Ext 2725 or 1-888-AMAPCEO