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School-based contests fosters spirit of safety in youth

WHITEHORSE: The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 youth safety contests. The Youth Video Contest, the Elementary School Video Contest, the Explore Safety Program and the Safety Build Contest aim to inspire a culture of safety among Yukon youth.

Nicholas Morgan and Mackenzie Cameron from F.H. Collins Secondary School won the Youth Video Contest for their animation entry “Mental Health at Work”. The contest challenges students in Grades 9 to 12 to create a two-minute film about workplace safety. The theme this year, “Mind the job: not all injuries are physical,” reflects the growing understanding that the mental health of workers is every bit as important as their physical health. Nicholas and Mackenzie represented Team Yukon for TV/Video & 2D Animation at the National Skills Competition in Halifax in May.

In an effort to reach even more youth, YWCHSB added a new category to the Youth Video Contest this year for students in Grades 4 to 7. Congratulations to the Grade 6 and 7 class from Takhini Elementary School for their winning entry.

Safety Build is a hands-on contest that challenges students in Grades 1 to 7 to construct a LEGO® model that shows how they keep safe during everyday activities. Students submit a picture of their final creation for a chance to win a new LEGO® set. First place went to Hadley, a Grade 5 student, second place to Ellie, a Grade 1 student and third place to Gabriel, a Grade 6 student.

Engaging students from kindergarten to Grade 7, Explore Safety is a new initiative where classrooms submit safety-related project ideas for a chance to receive $200. Successful proposals included, among others, constructing cut-out silhouettes of children to encourage drivers to slow down in school zones, campfire safety training and anti-bullying initiatives.

YWCHSB would also like to extend a huge congratulations to Yukon’s James Croken, who won silver in the Workplace Safety contest at the National Skills Competition in May.
Read more about these contests on our website at wcb.yk.ca/contests.

Quotes

“School-based safety education strengthens our programming to give students a foundation for preventing physical and psychological injuries throughout their lives. Congratulations to this year’s winners.” -Kurt Dieckmann, President/CEO

Contact

Andrew Robulack
Spokesperson, Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board
Phone or text: 867-689-2574
Email: andrew.robulack@gov.yk.ca