Being an Ally - 2019 Anti-Racism Creative Challenge

Winners announced for seventh annual contest


Charlottetown, PE – For the past seven years, the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada has invited youth in Grades 7 to 12 to participate in a creative challenge to express their ideas on anti-racism.

Anti-racism is the practice of opposing racism and advancing racial equity. The theme for this year’s challenge was 'Being an Ally' and featured three categories (written text, poster and video) for youth to participate in. A maximum of one entry per category was available to each individual youth or team of youth.

First place in the video category, by Isaac Bourque

Evaluation of the works submitted to each category was done through a blind judging process by a panel of three judges. Entries were judged on their creativity, imagination and relevance to the message of 'Being an Ally' in promoting anti-racism in PEI and Canada.

"The judges were impressed by the high calibre of talent shown this year," said Lisa Dollar, Cultural Inclusion Trainer with PEIANC. "It was encouraging to see the thoughtfulness and effort made by students as they presented their ideas for promoting anti-racism."

Winners in each category were awarded a prize for their entry. First prize winners in each category were awarded $200 with an additional $200 being donated to their school. Second place winners of each category received $100 and third place received $50.

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2019 Anti-Racism Creative Challenge.

First place in the written category went to Mitchell Schut from Grace Christian School, second place went to Anna Paquet also from Grace Christian School, and third place was a tie between Lucy Francis and Áine McGuire, both from École Évangeline.

First place in the poster category was Hannah Thompson from Birchwood Intermediate, second place was Judy Yun from Colonel Gray High School, and third place was Thanh (Caroline) Trinh also from Colonel Gray High School.

First (Hannah Thompson), second (Judy Yun), and third place (Thanh (Caroline) Trinh) in the poster category

In the video category, there were two prizes awarded. First place went to Isaac Bourque from Grace Christian School, and second place went to Alexander Fedorov, a homeschool student.

"We hope students will continue to explore new and relevant ways in which they can promote and encourage anti-racism in their schools and community all year long," said Dollar. "If the entries from this year are any indication, our youth are engaged in helping create a welcoming and inclusive community on Prince Edward Island. We commend their efforts and applaud their success."