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Youth sto­ry­board con­test high­lights healthy re­la­tion­ships

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/COMMUNITY -

Stu­dents who en­tered the 2015 Youth Sto­ry­board Con­test high­lighted the im­por­tance of healthy re­la­tion­ships among fam­i­lies and friends.

“The con­test pro­vides Is­land stu­dents with an op­por­tu­nity to de­pict in a cre­ative man­ner what a healthy re­la­tion­ship looks like,” says Doug Cur­rie, min­is­ter of fam­ily and hu­man ser­vices.

“It is vi­tally im­por­tant that we en­gage young peo­ple in ef­forts to pre­vent fam­ily vi­o­lence and en­cour­age life-long healthy re­la­tion­ships with oth­ers.”

This year’s con­test win­ners were Sana De­hbo­zorgi and Ava Washington. Sana is a Grade 6 stu­dent in Amy McKin­non’s class at St. Jean Ele­men­tary, and Ava is a Grade 7 stu­dent in Sarah McIn­tosh’s class at Mon­tague In­ter­me­di­ate. Each stu­dent won $250 for her class­room.

Last fall, the premier’s ac­tion com­mit­tee on fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion youth en­gage­ment work­ing group in­vited Is­land stu­dents in Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-9 to sup­port the theme: “What is a healthy re­la­tion­ship?”

This is the third year of the con­test, with 122 en­tries sub­mit­ted, the largest num­ber to date. The win­ning en­tries were se­lected based on rel­e­vance to theme, at­trac­tive­ness of de­sign and cre­ativ­ity from en­tries sub­mit­ted by stu­dents across the province.

“De­vel­op­ing a sto­ry­board gives stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on their own re­la­tion­ships with friends and fam­ily,” says Ann Sher­man, chair of the premier’s ac­tion com­mit­tee on fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion.

“It also helps them be­gin to de­fine for them­selves what a healthy re­la­tion­ship looks like.”

Cur­rie ap­pre­ci­ates the work done by the stu­dents and the teach­ers.

“While it is not pos­si­ble to cap­ture all of the com­po­nents of a healthy re­la­tion­ship in a sin­gle sto­ry­board, these en­tries to­gether high­light many im­por­tant as­pects of these re­la­tion­ships.”

The win­ning sub­mis­sions along with the other thought­ful en­tries can be viewed on the Premier’s Ac­tion Com­mit­tee web­site at www.stop­fam­i­lyvi­o­lence.pe.ca.

Min­is­ter Doug Cur­rie and PAC Chair, Ann Sher­man meet with this year’s con­test win­ners Sana De­hbo­zorgi, left, and Ava Washington.

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