Eleven-year-old Toronto Boys and Girls Club member's art to be the face
of Microsoft Canada holiday greeting card
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - Inspiring youth creativity is front and
centre in the 14th annual Microsoft Canada Holiday Greeting Card Competition in connection
with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. Eleven year-old Catherine Chen, a
member of the Eastview (Toronto) Boys and Girls Club/Eastview
Neighbourhood Community Centre, won the competition this year, winning
a Dell Inspiron 15R laptop and a new Flip MinoHD Flash camcorder.
Microsoft Canada will animate her hand-drawn holiday image as the
company's 2010 electronic holiday greeting to its employees, technology
partners and vendors.
For more than a decade, Microsoft Canada has welcomed children from Boys
and Girls Clubs across Canada to design images that celebrate the
holiday spirit. This year, participants were asked to create a
greeting that described one special thing they would like to do this
holiday season. Catherine's winning holiday greeting was chosen from
more than 500 entries, and this marks her second win in the
"Inspiring and empowering creativity is at the core of our relationship
with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, and over the past 14 years our
employees have had the pleasure of seeing this commitment come to life
through thousands of wonderful greeting card submissions," said Gavin
Thompson, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Canada.
"Catherine's winning image for 2010 truly represents her love of the
arts and we are proud to share her work across Canada as our official
e-card for the season."
All 2010 contest entries were judged based on originality, creativity
and relevance to theme. The official judging panel consisted of
pre-selected Microsoft Canada employees.
"I love to draw in my free time and it's exciting for me to be able to
do something I enjoy," said Catherine Chen. "I was so surprised to hear
that I won again, and I'm really happy that I was able to win the
competition for the club for the second time."
In addition to Catherine's prizes and featuring her artwork, Microsoft
Canada presented the Eastview (Toronto) Boys and Girls Club with
$1,000. Microsoft Canada works with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and
its network of 104 Clubs in 700 communities across the country to
provide programs that empower children and youth through technology.
"We are thrilled to continue to work with Microsoft Canada and host this
popular competition. Each year, this competition encourages children in
Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada to ignite their imagination and get
excited about the holidays," said Pam Jolliffe, President and CEO, Boys
and Girls Clubs of Canada. "Microsoft understands just how important it
is for children to have an outlet to express themselves creatively, and
it is wonderful to see the company's commitment to helping Boys and
Girls Clubs provide these kinds of opportunities through this annual
To learn more about Microsoft Canada's relationship with the Boys and
Girls Club of Canada and to view Catherine Chen's winning image, please
About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing,
consulting and local support services in both French and English.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional
offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great
software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information
on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is a leading non-profit organization
providing programs that support the healthy physical, educational and
social development of over 200,000 children, youth and their families
each year. In 700 community locations across Canada, Boys and Girls
Clubs offer opportunities, after school and at other critical times
when children are not in school, to develop healthy behaviours,
academic success, positive relationships, and life and leadership
Most Clubs also provide nutritious snacks and meals and many offer
emergency shelter, family support programs and other help to children,
youth and families in need. Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping
young Canadians to discover, develop and achieve their potential, for
over 100 years. To learn more, visit www.bgccan.com.
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