September 13, 2013 11:00 ET

Winners of AMAPCEO Public Service Essay Contest Announced

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 13, 2013) - The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) is pleased to announce the three winners of the Association's third 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.

"Once again, secondary students across the province continue to impress us with their knowledge and awareness of the value of public service in Ontario," said Gary Gannage, President of AMAPCEO. "The essays we received were well written, creative and demonstrated a keen appreciation for why public services matter to Ontario citizens."

Gannage extended congratulations to the three top prize winners:

  • Robin Émilie Sassi of École Oakville Trafalgar, Oakville, who won the top prize of $750 for an essay on the importance of a united country.
  • Stephanie Amato of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School, Mississauga, won the second prize of $500 for a paper on the importance of influencing the teenage demographic.
  • Hiba Durvesh of Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, Toronto, won the third prize of $300 for an essay on building on the youth of tomorrow. (This is the second year a student at Marc Garneau Collegiate has won a prize in this contest.)

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; Sara Nemec, Ministry of Children and Youth Services; 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 over 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 or 1-888-AMAPCEO - Ext 2725