I ThinkFirst! Contest 2014 - 2015 Winners

We heard from kids about how they think first to prevent injury!

The 2014-2015 I ThinkFirst! Contest proved to be an even greater success this year! Parachute received 149 submissions from 177 student participants from schools across Canada including Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

The annual I ThinkFirst! Contest encourages students in grades K-8 from across Canada 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.

We enlisted the help of a fantastic judging panel made up of representatives from the medical field, Parachute’s president, TD, an artist, a parent, and a media/television celebrity. 

I ThinkFirst! Contest Judging Panel 

  • Diana Mancuso, torontoteachermom.com
  • Dr. Charles Tator, Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Alun Ackery, Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader, Toronto Western Hospital
  • Ian Mendes, Host, TSN Radio Ottawa, and Today’s Parent Blogger
  • Louise Logan, Parachute President & CEO
  • Richard Rizzo, Artist
  • Shirley Choy, TD Bank

I ThinkFirst! Contest winners named

Congratulations to the following top 3 classrooms for their bright and colourful paintings and drawings, creative poetry and short stories.

Top 3 Classrooms

  1. Robert Moore School, Grade 2/3 class, Fort Frances, ON
  2. Sir William Gage Middle School, Grade 8 class, Brampton, ON
  3. Matthew Elementary, Grade 4 class, Bonavista, NL

And congratulations to the following 5 individuals/teams for their creative submissions including drawings, collages, and videos.

Top 5 Individual/Team Submissions

  1. Grace Petsnick, Grade 7, J.W. Walker School, Fort Frances, ON
  2. Alysse Mills, Emma Pearen, and Rhea Gupta, Grade 8, Sir William Gage Middle School, Brampton, ON
  3. Marniesa Vassel and Jahzya Ahmed-Richards, Grade 8, Sir William Gage Middle School, Brampton, ON
  4. Keirsten Ducharme, Grade 3, Robert Moore Public School, Fort Frances, ON
  5. Keaton Gillies, Grade 2, Sussex Elementary School, Sussex, NB (Parachute President’s choice)

The following submissions were also highly rated among the judges for their creativity and uniqueness, and deserve an honourable mention.

Honourable Mentions - Individual Submissions

  1. Fredrica Martel, Grade 5, St. Mark School, Markstay, ON
  2. Elizabeth Inglis, JK,  Francis H. Cleurgue School, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  3. Ariana Johnson-Potson, Grade 3, Robert Moore School, Fort Frances, ON & Jack Davis, Grade 3, Robert Moore School, Fort Frances, ON

View all the submissions in on our Facebook album.
Find out more about the TD ThinkFirst for Kids curriculum for grades K-8.
Check out Parachute's blog article about one of the contest winners Catching up with the ThinkFirst contest winner.