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I ThinkFirst! Contest 2018

I ThinkFirst! Contest 2018

Contest winners are announced!

Congratulations to the winners of this year's I ThinkFirst! Contest, aimed at shedding light on the importance of injury prevention for children.

Top Three Classrooms 

Alison Smith, Belleisle Elementary School, Springfield, NB
Carol Lewerentz, Dunrankin Drive Public School, Mississauga, ON
Laura Gentile, Holy Ghost School, Winnipeg, MB

Top Five Individuals

Mya Chana, age 11, Trinity Montessori School, Markham, ON
Kaleah Henderson, age 9, Robert Moore Public School, Fort Frances, ON
Colyn Juan, age 12, Holy Ghost School, Winnipeg, MB
Serena Soc, age 11, Holy Ghost School, Winnipeg, MB
Shaun George Thomas, age 11, Dunrankin Drive Public School, Mississauga, ON

Judging Panel

Our esteemed judging panel this year included:

Dr. Richard Louis, Injury Prevention Specialist, NB Trauma Program
Randall Rixon, Director, Business Development, Affinity Market Group at TD Insurance
Leanne Shirtliffe, Author, Teacher and Blogger, Calgary, AB
Sue Todd, Illustrator, Sue Todd Illustration

About the Contest

The annual I ThinkFirst! Contest is took place from April 9 to May 14, 2018.

Students in grades K-8 from across Canada were invited to submit creative art projects, explaining in their own words why and how they "ThinkFirst!" to prevent injury when they are active at play, school or at home.

Based on the TD ThinkFirst For Kids curriculum, the goal of the contest is to highlight the importance of brain and spinal cord injury prevention. Submissions could include: photos, paintings, videos, poems, posters, collages, comic books, short stories.

The top three winning classrooms receive a classroom set of helmets and a $500 gift card to Amazon, and the top five individual winners receive a $200 gift card to Amazon!

View the TD I ThinkFirst! Contest Form & Details and download the Contest Poster to learn more about the contest and how to participate.

Contest Tipsheets

I ThinkFirst Pedestrian and Vehicular Safety Tipsheet

I ThinkFirst Wheeled Activties Tipsheet 

I ThinkFirst Concussion Tipsheet

2016-2017 Contest 

Parachute received some wonderful submissions from student participants from Ontario and Saskatchewan for the 2017 I ThinkFirst! Contest.

We enlisted the help of a fantastic judging panel: 

Stella Acquisto, CityNews
Gina Bell, Mommy Blogger
Pamela Fuselli, Vice-President, Knowledge Transfer & Stakholder Relations
Shayna Jaymie, Parent & Mommy Blogger
Dr. Richard Louis, New Brunswick Trauma Program

I ThinkFirst! Contest winners named

Top 3 Classrooms

1. Mrs. Katherine Raas, Osborne Elementary School, Grade 1 Class, Prince Albert, SK

2. Mrs. Englezos, Trinity Montessori School, Grade 6 Class, Markham, ON

3. Mrs. Clark & Mr. Shakespeare, Harriet Todd Elementary School, Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6 Classes, Orillia, ON

Top 5 Individual Submissions

Valerie Fan – Age 8, Trinity Montessori School, Markham ON (Video)
Mya Chana – Age 10, Trinity Montessori School, Markham, ON
Aryanna Noury – Age 10, Trinity Montessori School, Markham, ON
Aidan Leung – Age 8, Trinity Montessori School, Markham, ON
Mariam George – Age 12, Trinity Montessori School, Markham, ON

View the winning submissions in Parachute's Facebook album.

2015-2016 Contest

The 2016 I ThinkFirst! Contest proved to be an even greater success this year! Parachute received 199 submissions from student participants from schools across Canada including Ontario and Newfoundland.

View all the submissions in on our Facebook album.

2014-2015 Contest

The 2014-2015 TD I Think First! Contest proved to be a great success, with Parachute receiving over 149 submissions from 177 students from across Canada!

View all the submissions in on our Facebook album.