"Show Me ShakeOut" poster and video contest winners announced

VANCOUVER, June 11, 2015 /CNW/ - At 10:15 a.m. on October 15, 2015, thousands of British Columbians will "Drop, Cover and Hold On" during the largest annual earthquake drill in Canada. To help spread the word about this important event, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) partnered with the Great British Columbia ShakeOut on a "Show Me ShakeOut" poster and video contest. Today, the Great British Columbia ShakeOut and IBC announced the winners of this educational and exciting competition.

"The Great British Columbia ShakeOut is proud to be sponsored by IBC to promote earthquake preparedness to future generations through the 'Show Me ShakeOut' contest," said Dave Cockle, President of the BC Earthquake Alliance. "This contest provides education on earthquake preparedness to our youth, helping foster an understanding of the earthquake risk in British Columbia. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the teachers and students who participated and are taking the first steps toward preparedness."

The contest was launched during Emergency Preparedness Week in May 2015. The poster contest was open to primary and intermediate school students (kindergarten to grade 7) and the video contest was open to high school students (grades 8 to 12).

"IBC is pleased to support the Great British Columbia ShakeOut. The 'Show Me ShakeOut' contest is an excellent way to spread the word and to teach children of all ages about the importance of being prepared for an earthquake," said Aaron Sutherland, Manager, Government Relations, Western and Pacific, IBC. "Thank you to all students who participated in this contest and congratulations to all of today's winners."

"Show Me ShakeOut" Poster Contest Winners

Grades K–3

  • First Place: Shahnoor Virani, Gr. 2, McGirr Elementary School, Nanaimo

  • Second Place: Meredith Boyd, Gr. 3, Pender Island Elementary School, Pender Island

  • Third Place: Matthew Ohnona, Gr. 3, Pender Island Elementary School, Pender Island

Grades 4–7

  • First Place: Sarah Horvath, Gr. 7, Glenbrook Middle School, New Westminster

  • Second Place: Lilah Good, Gr. 7, Glenbrook Middle School, New Westminster

  • Third Place: Evan Carson, Gr. 6, Royal Oak Middle School, Saanich

  • Honourable Mention: Ella Doolan, Gr. 6, Holly Elementary School, Delta

Video Winners – Tied for First Place

  • Olivia Rettig, Gr. 10, Ladysmith Secondary School, Ladysmith
  • Cathy Tran, Gr. 10, Reynolds Secondary School, Victoria

The winning posters can be viewed at www.shakeoutbc.ca. The winning videos are available on the ShakeOut BC YouTube channel

This year's poster contest had 95 entries from 18 schools across British Columbia and the video contest had three participants from three different schools. To learn more about earthquake safety and the Great British Columbia ShakeOut visit www.shakeoutbc.ca or www.ibc.ca or click here.

About Great British Columbia ShakeOut
Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help people in homes, schools and organizations practice how to be safe during big earthquakes, and provide an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness. By participating, you can be assured that you, your family and your co-workers will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly from the next big earthquake in your region. More than 740,000 people participated in the 2014 Great British Columbia ShakeOut. Register to take part in this year's drill at www.shakeoutbc.ca.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 118,000 Canadians, pays $6.7 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $48 billion.  

For media releases and more information, visit IBC's Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_West or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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