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April 29, 2014
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Winner of young workers video announced
Environment, Labour and Justice
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A Colonel Gray High School student has won the Prince Edward Island It’s Your Job young workers video contest for the second year in a row, says Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry.
“I am pleased to congratulate Dane Cutcliffe on this award and for the creative manner in which he has presented the importance of safe workplace practices,” said Minister Sherry. “This video contest is a way of encouraging young workers to think about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace.”
The video contest challenged students to create a video about the importance of safety on the job. Grade 12 student Dane Cutcliffe created the winning video, Lost Dreams, a compelling story of the impact of a workplace injury. Cutcliffe has won a $1,000 prize and $1,000 for his school, and will go on to compete with other safety videos from across the country.
Lost Dreams tells the story of a young worker who had his whole life ahead of him until everything changed in an instant. “Young people have so much to lose when they’re not thinking about their safety,” said Cutcliffe. “Most kids are just thinking about getting paid and getting the job done.”
“When I watched this video, I was moved by the powerful message of workplace safety and the talent of this young filmmaker,” said Nancy Guptill, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “On behalf of the Board, I congratulate Dane and thank him for his efforts to promote workplace safety for the next generation of workers and employers.”
This video contest is part of a national initiative of Labour ministers from across Canada, to promote safety and rights for young workers. The Prince Edward Island contest is sponsored by the Department of Environment, Labour, and Justice in partnership with the Workers Compensation Board.