National Youth Challenge 2011

Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, and Ilona Dougherty, Executive Director of Apathy is Boring, are excited to announce the 10 winners of "The Art of Democracy" National Youth Challenge.

Canadian youth from across the country submitted images, videos, blog posts and tweets to answer the question, "What does your democracy mean to you?"

Our jurors had a tough decision on their hands, but they narrowed it down to the final 10.

Category: Best Image

Image of a red hand with tree roots travelling from the wrist through the middle. There is a word on the wrist and each finger. The wrist says 'Democracy,' the thumb says 'Equality,' the index finger says 'Respect,' the middle finger says 'Liberty,' the ring finger says 'Honesty' and the pinkie finger says 'Justice.'

Winner
Mona, 18
British Columbia

"The Roots of a Society"

Prize: Nikon Camera D3000 with a 18-55VR and 55-200VR lens






Photograph of a classroom full of students sitting at their desks with their hands raised and backs to the camera.

Runner-up
Caitlin, 15
Ontario

"Democracy"

Prize: PlayStation 3 – 320GB Entertainment System

Category: Best Video

Video – Democracy: A Voice

Winner
Mona, 18
British Columbia

"Democracy: A Voice"

Prize: iPad 2 – 16GB with Wi-Fi and 3G, and smart cover

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Video – The Power of Voting

Runner-up
Gabi, 16
British Columbia

"The Power of Voting"

Prize: PlayStation 3 – 320GB Entertainment System

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Category: Best Blog Post

Winner
Robbie, 29
Alberta

"Engagement Begets Democracy"

For me, democracy is a responsibility and an obligation: a responsibility to engage oneself in civic discourse and an obligation to seek out and understand the actors and stories that shape our communities. Democracy is far more than having, and acting upon, the right to vote. Read more...

Prize: iPad 2 – 16GB with Wi-Fi and 3G, and smart cover

Runner-up
Jean-Philippe, 18
Quebec

"Freedom of Speech: A Universal and Precious Right..."
(Original text in French)

To me, democracy is a political system in which citizens have freedom of speech. This is a universal birthright of all people. Unfortunately, as you can see by consulting history or even current events, some were born without this right because a handful of individuals took it away. Read more...

Prize: 32 GB iPod Touch

Category: Best Tweet (five winners)

Winner
Diriana, 23
Ontario

"The Power in Our Voices"

Democracy isn't just about having the right to speak or vote; it's all about knowing that we're being heard. It's the power in our voices. #demcda

Prize: Chapters Indigo gift card ($100)

Winner
Kayle, 15
Ontario

"Democracy Is a Song"

Democracy is a song, a composition for Majority's voice. Its lyrics are inspiring and strong: the equal right to enjoy our choice. #demcda

Prize: Chapters Indigo gift card ($100)

Winner
Liam, 15
British Columbia

"#demcda"

More than a ballot, a campaign sign, and a politician. Democracy is the guarantor of everything that lets us be who we are. #demcda

Prize: Chapters Indigo gift card ($100)

Winner
Marc-André, 21
New Brunswick

Prize: Chapters Indigo gift card ($100)

"Democracy in 140"
(Original text in French)

Democracy cannot be defined in 140 characters, but rather in just one: X #semainecanadiennedelademocratie #electioncanada

Winner
Michelle, 15
Ontario

"Democracy"

Democracy is having the power to be who you are, everything you want to be, and everything that you thought was impossible. #demcda

Prize: Chapters Indigo gift card ($100)



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