Manitoba students take 1st prize in national video contest

Manitoba students take 1st prize in national video contest

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has announced the winners of the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest.

First place goes to Sarah Mohamed and Rain Cahigas from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg for their video Safe Work 2016.


Second place went to Raagavi Ramenthiran, Jaclyn Chiu, Jessica Gu and Morgan McKay from Markville Secondary School in Markham, Ont., for their video Breakdown.


Third place was awarded to Shannen Garibay and Maria Himbeault from Clavet Composite School in Saskatchewan for their video Workplace Safety – It’s Your Job.


Winners received $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place, and each winning school received a matching prize.


The video contest challenged high school students across the country to use their creativity to produce an original video that could be used in social media to illustrate to younger workers the importance of working safely on the job. Contestants and their schools had a chance to win cash prizes, provincial/territorial and national recognition.


Ten entries were accepted for national consideration from 10 provincial and territorial contests. The videos entered into the national contest were judged by a panel of judges representing leadership of national organizations: Gareth Jones, acting president and CEO of CCOHS; Shirley Hickman, executive director of Threads of Life; and Jim Hopkins, president of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).


The winning video of the national contest was shown at the national launch of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in Ottawa. In addition, the public were invited to vote online for their Fan Favourite among the entries.


Photo of winning video, Safe Work 2016