The winners of the seventh annual Fast Flowing Water Contest were announced June 18 at Tom Davies Square.
Students in grades four through eight from six schools attended the awards ceremony where five lucky students received some nice hardware for their hard work.
The participants were tasked with creating warning posters to promote safety around fast-flowing water. Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas was on hand to speak in support of the campaign and her desire to take it provincewide.
“We live in an area where there is a lot of water and unfortunately that has resulted in a number of drownings of children who are just like you,” Gélinas told the crowd. “This is a great program that was created right here in Sudbury and it's here to protect you and your friends, but I'd like to see this implemented across Ontario.
Deputy-Mayor Joscelyne Landry-Altman is the chair of the Junction Creek Safety Committee and spoke about the “psychological fence” the program has created as a safety measure for children.
“After Adam (Dickie) drowned in Junction Creek in 2007, people in the area were very upset and they wanted us to build a 14-kilometer fence along the creek,” said Landry-Altman. “We decided that education was the best idea and to ingrain into children the idea that when you see fast water you know not to play nearby.”
The winners in the poster contest all received GoPro cameras and a GoPole, while the winner of the commercial contest had their commercial screened at the ceremony and received a new Sony HDR camcorder and tripod.
The big winner on the day was St. Anne Grade 8 student Kelly Mazerolle, who took home the grand prize and will have her winning entry displayed on two 10-by 20-foot billboards that were donated by Petryna Advertising.
Mazerolle was not in attendance for the unveiling, but she too will receive a GoPro camera and her school will get a 77-inch SMART board screen, projector and stand.