March 26, 2015 e-bulletin


  1. Announcing the winners of the National Democracy Challenge 2014!
  2. Key dates for CDW 2015
  3. Get ready to vote in the 2015 federal election

Announcing the winners of the National Democracy Challenge 2014!

National Democracy ChallengeIn 2014, a record number of Canadians aged 14 to 17 took part in the National Democracy Challenge! Young Canadians from 10 provinces and 1 territory submitted videos, images and pieces of writing on the theme "Show us why Canadians should vote." Their creations were evaluated by our panel of judges, who were extremely impressed by the quality and diversity of the entries. Therefore, it gives us great pleasure to announce the names of the winners of this year's Challenge!

Below is the list of winners. Visit our website to see the winning submissions, and check out our YouTube page to watch the winning videos.

Video category

First place
Cathryn Plaxton, 16, from Mississauga, Ontario

Second place
Marie-Claire Barasubiye, 15, from Ottawa, Ontario

Third place
Elijah Dominic MacDonald, 15, from Ottawa, Ontario

Image category

First place
Matthew Pieper, 15, from Mississauga, Ontario

Second place
Emilia Lilek, 16, from Waterloo, Ontario

Third place
Kelly Liu, 18, from Burnaby, British Columbia

Writing category

First place
Harriet Smith, 14, from Okotoks, Alberta

Second place
Amina Mecheri, 16, from Montréal, Quebec

Third place
Natasha Lévesque-Wong, 15 years old, from Mississauga, Ontario

School Challenge

Laurier Macdonald High School wins the School Challenge prize!

Thirty-seven students from Laurier Macdonald High School in Saint-Léonard, Quebec, submitted eligible entries to the National Democracy Challenge 2014. Since this school had the most participants, it has won this year's School Challenge prize!


This year's panel of judges was made up of Canadian celebrities: Rick Mercer, one of Canada's greatest political satirists; Rosanna Tomiuk, silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games; and Eva Avila, winner of "Canadian Idol."


The following prizes were awarded to the winners in each category of the National Democracy Challenge 2014.

Video category

First place – Encounters with Canada bursary (trip to Ottawa to participate in the Encounters with Canada program)

Second place – 32GB iPad with Smart Cover (or equivalent)

Third place – Best Buy gift card

Image category

First place – 32GB iPhone (or equivalent)

Second place – GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition HD waterproof camera (or equivalent)

Third place – Best Buy gift card

Writing category

First place – 11-inch 128GB MacBook Air (or equivalent)

Second place – Kobo Arc 10HD and Indigo gift card (or equivalent)

Third place – Best Buy gift card

School Challenge

Prize – Forum for Young Canadians bursary (trip to Ottawa to participate in the Forum for Young Canadians program)

September 14 to 21, 2015: Key dates for CDW2015

Canada's Democracy WeekCanada's Democracy Week 2015 will run from September 14 to 21.

Are you a teacher looking for a great way to kick off your social sciences, politics or civics courses in September?

Do you work for a youth organization and do you want to connect young people to the world around them at the start of Canada's federal election period?

Then mark Canada's Democracy Week 2015 on your calendar today and start planning how you will celebrate it.

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