December 19, 2012

TELUS We Day video contest winners

I was very happy to have attended and be part of We Day 2012 that was held at the Air Canada Centre in October.  During this time TELUS had a video contest that encouraged our youth to say how they could make a positive change to their community by partnering with a local charity.  The winner of the contest was given $20,000 to put this idea into action.  There were many inspirational ideas, however Chloe Noel and Lindsay Rideout won for their idea of expanding the Hope in Shadows program in Vancouver.

Here is some information about the winners and their project. Chloe Noel and Lindsay Rideout are grade 12 students at Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver. They learned about Hope in Shadows in the beginning of the school year through their Social Justice class at school.

The girls volunteer serving meals to the homeless every Tuesday night, and during this time they got to know more about the effectiveness of the Hope In Shadows program.
With the encouragement of their teacher, the girls made a video to enter the contest in hopes to expand the Hope in Shadows program into other parts of Vancouver and to work with TELUS to create more awareness and participation in this initiative.

Hope In Shadows is a charitable organization that works with several non-profit organizations.  Their focus is on Vancouver’s impoverished downtown eastside. 

Their main project each year is a photography contest and calendar created and coordinated by the Pivot Legal Society. This contest gives low-income residents of the community to take pictures to show and share what the community means to them using a single use camera.  
40 of these pictures go into an exhibition, 12 are featured in a calendar that is sold to create profit.  They believe that this is a more dignified, meaningful way of employment for the residents. 

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