Wednesday, March 13, 2013


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Art Against Aggressors

Winners of poster contest announced

Released by Jennifer Woodroff, Asst. to MLA Gwen O'Mahony


n March 8th, in celebration of International Women's Day, a panel of media experts selected three winners from a field of impressive local talent.


The Standing Together Media Contest called on local Middle and High School students to share their artistic visions as a response to violence in our homes, streets and schools.


“We were very impressed with the work of local students” said Anita Rogers, President of the Chilliwack Chapter of Soroptimist International. “Our panel had a difficult job deciding on only three winners”.


Prior to Friday’s International Women’s Day event at St. Thomas Church Ministry Centre, judges were invited to select from numbered entries hung in random order to ensure impartiality.


• First prize was awarded to HaeJoo Oh, Grade 11, Sardis Secondary (animation).

• Second Prize was awarded to Nadia Van Den Berg, Grade 11, Sardis Secondary (poetry/drawing).

• Third Prize was awarded to Zoe Wieler, Grade 7, GW Graham Middle (mixed media drawing).


“We were thrilled to receive so many worthy submissions for the Contest”, explained Gwen O’Mahony.  “All contestants will be awarded with a Certificate of Recognition at a reception to be held in their honour, this coming Saturday”.


Kaitlyn Bouvette knew she wasn’t technically eligible for the contest, at only 10 years of age.  That didn’t stop her from making her voice heard.  “I found her art so evocative of the emotional questions around the issue of violence, that I felt she deserved special recognition”, explained Gwen O’Mahony, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope.  Anita Rogers added:  “To see someone so young so eloquently expressing this complex reality was humbling”. 


Special thanks from O’Mahony and Rogers were offered to the panel of expert judges:


• Lisa Stevens, Star 98.3 FM

• Sadie, 89.5 the Hawk

• Greg Knill, Chilliwack Progress

• Cornelia Naylor, Chilliwack Times

• Geoff Edwards, Streamworks Multimedia


“All students who entered the Media Contest are to be commended on their unique contributions to the project of violence reduction”, stated O’Mahony. Anita Rogers concurred, adding “These young people are the future and in raising their voices with ours, they have signalled their readiness to work for the peace and security all people are born to live in.”



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