Judges Announced in Surrey Stop Bullying Film Contest
January 9, 2013
Surrey – A number of high profile community leaders from around the region are joining in the fight to stop bullying by participating in the judging panel for Surrey’s second annual Stop Bullying Film Contest.
This year’s judges include:
- Mayor Dianne Watts
- Surrey RCMP Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy
- Holly Conway, Jonny Staub, Nira Arora and Amy Beeman from the Beat 94.5 morning show
- Elise Estrada, award-winning popstar/actress
- Johanna Ward, host of Shaw TV’s go! Vancouver
‘What can u do?’ is the theme of the contest, which is aimed at connecting with youth to raise awareness about bullying, provide information about help that is available, and develop solutions.
“The film contest is a great opportunity for us to engage our youth and take a stand against bullying. We’re grateful the community is helping us send a strong message to both students and adults that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.
Students from grades 6 to 12 are invited to submit a 30-second or 60-second film that identifies types of bullying, the impact that bullying has on people, and solutions to the problem. The judging panel will select the top three films in each category: Junior (Grades 6 & 7), Intermediate (Grades 8, 9 & 10) and Senior (Grades 11 & 12).
"I know that we have some of B.C.’s brightest, most creative students in Surrey. I am looking forward to watching their videos and hearing their ideas on how we can come together to help battle the scourge of bullying in all of its forms," says Surrey RCMP Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy.
“It’s wonderful to see the community come together to draw attention to the effects of bullying, and to raise awareness around the solutions to this very serious problem,” says Councillor Barinder Rasode, Chair of the Community Safety Committee.
Submission deadline is February 8, 2013 and the winning film in each category will be announced on Pink Shirt Day on February 27, 2013.
The contest is a partnership between the City of Surrey, Surrey RCMP, CUPE 402, and the Surrey School District. For more information, please visit www.surrey.ca/stopbullying, www.facebook.com/surreyyouth, or www.twitter.com/surreyyouth.
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