MADD Canada

MADD Canada

August 02, 2011 12:25 ET

Young People Get Creative in the Fight Against Impaired Driving

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2011) - Every year, students put pen to paper and climb into the director's chair to express their views on impaired driving, as part of MADD Canada's Writing, Poster and Multi-Media contests. The winning entries in the 2011 contests have been announced and are now available on MADD Canada's web site.

"Students understand the issue of impaired driving and they bring unique and innovative perspectives to the discussions," said Denise Dubyk, MADD Canada's National President. "MADD Canada's contests give them creative forums to convey their thoughts and feelings artistically."

The projects these young people undertake have particular meaning among their peers. Parents, teachers and MADD Canada try to instill the importance of sober driving to young people, but there is added meaning and connection when the issue is discussed by their own friends and peers.

"Quite often, we see entire classes of students undertake these projects," Ms. Dubyk said. "Educators find it's a great way to initiate discussions about impaired driving and provide students with a creative outlet to explore the issue, express their feelings and be recognized for their efforts."

The contests are run annually. Winning entrants receive cash and other prizes, and have their entries posted on MADD Canada's web site at www.madd.ca. Wherever possible, the first place winners are presented with their prizes by local MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leaders.

"We offer our thanks to every student who entered the contest," Ms. Dubyk said. "We are consistently amazed by the creativity of the projects and the power of their messages."

MADD Canada is pleased to announce the 2011 winners of its writing, poster and multi-media contest:

2011 Matthew Paul Carvalho Poster Contest Winners

Named in memory of Matthew Paul Carvalho who was killed by an impaired driver in 1990, this contest gives youth an opportunity to express their views on impaired driving through art and illustration.

10 Years and Under
1st - Celeste Lau, Scarborough, Ontario
2nd – Paige Jenkins, New Germany, Nova Scotia
3rd – Teodora Milos, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
11 – 14 Years
1st – Amy Zhang, Richmond Hill, Ontario
2nd – Nicole Lam, Richmond Hill, Ontario
3rd – Fiona Wang, Markham, Ontario

2011 MADD Canada National Writing Contest

Youth put pen to paper to creatively and effectively convey their feelings on the issue of impaired driving.

10 Years and Under
1st – Shreya Chakrabarty, Toronto, Ontario
2nd – Kara Drechsler-MacDougall, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
3rd – Abrianna Melanson, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
11 – 14 Years
1st – Abbey Martin, Red Deer, Alberta
2nd – Katie Brent, Oakville, Ontario
3rd – Nathan Ryan, Thunder Bay, Ontario

MADD Canada's 2011 Multi-Media Contest

Our Multi-Media Contest puts youth in the director's chair to create short films or public service announcements (radio or television) that encourage audiences to put a stop to impaired driving.

Short Film

16 and Under
1st – "Choices" by Griffin Yandt
2nd – "A Choice Made, A Life Saved" by Paige Jamieson
3rd – "Shattered People" by Karl Behrend
17 to 24 Years
1st – "Hearts" by Kate Morrison
2nd – "Victims Voices" by Ashley Hugo
3rd – "Premonition" by Emily Zdunich

Audio PSAS

17 to 24 Years
1st – "The Moments That Change Everything" by Nancy Nguyen
2nd – "The Choice is Yours" by Julie Service
3rd – "Just One More Drink" by Jordan Swann

Multi-Media PSA

16 and Under
1st – "It's Not Child's Play" by Jenice Kim
2nd – "Bottle Spins, Car Spins, Life Spins" by Jade Chen
3rd – "You're Not Yourself When You're Drunk" by Ruby Pyke
17 to 24 Years
1st – "Prom Night" by Teale Poirier
2nd – "Don't Take That Chance" by Tyler Moyer
3rd – "I'm MADD" by Ryan Underwood

About MADD Canada

MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.

Contact Information

  • MADD Canada
    Wanda Kristensen
    Director of Programs
    1-800-665-6233, ext. 229