I am delighted to share the winners of Democracy & Me, a contest for students in British Columbia to inspire young people to get thinking about the importance of community and democracy through a creative lens.
As a judge for the contest, I very much enjoyed going through the nearly 200 entries from children and youth across the province. All in all, we received artwork representing around 30 different communities in all regions of the province.
Alongside my fellow judges— the Honourable Darryl Plecas, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Jon Tupper, Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria— we managed to narrow down the many wonderful entries to the final three:
From left to right:
Kindergarten to Grade 4 – How can I help my community?
Winner: William Wen, Grade 4, Coquitlam
Grades 5 to 8 – What role can I play in our democracy?
Winner: Priya Bhatia, Grade 8, Surrey
Grades 9 to 12 – What can I do to strengthen our democracy?
Winner: Teagan Chow, Grade 9, Surrey
Explore all submissions on the Democracy & Me website and tell me your favourite works of art on my Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.