Four finalists in Prairie Land Regional Division #25 presented their inclusivity projects to peers and esteemed judges.
Yesterday, December 19, in Hanna at J.C. Charyk School, four groups from different schools presented their projects for this year's Inclusivity Project 2018, which is the second year that Prairie Land School Divisions have held the competition.
The projects gave students a chance to come up with ideas of how to include those who would otherwise be excluded due to mental restrictions, mental health, physical limitations or sexual orientation.
"We have a growing group of students in our communities who are passionate about making the future better for everyone," explained Prairie Land Regional Divison's, Ellen Vanderkolk. "They are energetic and creative. I know as they were working on these projects that the message that they wanted to share was more important than any prize at the end."
The prize for this year's Inclusivity Project is a two-week culture trip to Germany which was awarded to three students from Morrin, AB. Madeline Cuncannon, Taylor Davidson and Thomas Chapin. They presented an inclusivity project that was titled, #Sports4All, and aimed the inclusivity to those a part of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
The judges on the panel included DrumFM's now retired Bob Brown, Alberta Health Services' Stacie Paderson and Wolf Creek Public School's Ian Wilson. They awarded the group with one strict criterion in mind which was what kind of over-all impact the projects made within their community. The
Morrin students were chosen because of their social media impact in where they reached nearly 52,000 people on Twitter as well as initiating the AJHL's first LGBTQ2S+ inclusivity hockey game, that was attended by Esera Tuaolo, former NFL pro and first openly gay man in NFL history.
"It's nice to see what the other groups did because some of it was actually very neat. Letting people have that really nice message (of inclusivity)," explained co-project winner, Thomas Chapin. "It was a very nice impact that the PLRD did and I think this is a great event."
The other finalists for The Inclusivity Project 2018 were:
Delia Schools GSA Pride Day with Emily Alderdice, Tessa Reed and Presley Battle.
Hanna's J. C. Charyk We're All A Part Of The Team with Haley Nelson Mackenzie Dadson and Jocelyn Graham.
& Youngstown and Delia's Mental Health and Brain Injury with Emily Kurbis and Dixon Tattrie.
These runner ups were also presented a cash prize from Prairie Land for their efforts during 2018's Inclusivity Project.
"I am so proud of every one of these students for stepping forward and having the courage, ambition and creativity to put these projects together," Vanderkolk beamed. "Not just the four projects that were presented today, all of our projects across Prairie Land School Division. We are all better off because of our students."