Making the LINK - Young worker health and safety regional drama competitions

    Ontario high schools have until February 15, 2008 to register

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention
Association) is now accepting applications for its LINK (Learning Innovative
New Knowledge) regional drama competitions. These unique competitions provide
Ontario grade 11 and 12 drama students with the opportunity to create and
perform their own original productions about workplace health and safety and
how to protect themselves from injury or death at work.
    The LINK regional drama competitions create a forum for students to
discuss and share information about young worker health and safety with their
peers and communities. To get this message across, students are encouraged to
create a unique, dynamic, and engaging 25-minute original performance.
Students are given total creative license and past competitors have used
elements such as dance, music, poetry, and multi-media aids in their
    In order to help students develop their productions, they will be given
content resources, based on the Young Worker Awareness Program. They also
receive competition information from IAPA staff and local industry volunteers.
Productions are performed in school assemblies before April 4, 2008 and judged
by a panel of workplace health and safety professionals.
    Participants will compete in five regions: Near North, Northwestern,
Eastern, Central, and Southwestern Ontario. For the first time, there will
also be a French All-Ontario competition. First, second, and third-place
finishers in each of the six competitions are awarded cash prizes for use in
their school's drama program. The first-place winners from each competition
will perform in a showcase of talent in Toronto on April 21 or 22, 2008 at the
Youth Health & Safety Forum during IAPA's Health & Safety Canada 2008
Conference and Trade Show. Cash prizes and competition expenses are made
possible thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors and IAPA.
    Applications can be found and completed online at
Participants seeking a hard copy of the application form can do so by calling
IAPA's special LINK number: 1-866-830-9927. Applications will be accepted
between now and February 15, 2008 on a first-come first-served basis. Drama
teachers are encouraged to enter their students as soon as possible as three -
five schools in each region are required for each competition.

    IAPA celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2007. IAPA is a not-for-profit,
member driven organization operating in Ontario since 1917. Representing
approximately 50,000 member firms and more than 1.5 million Ontario workers,
IAPA is one of Canada's leading workplace health and safety organizations.
IAPA is focused on providing industry-leading training, consulting,
educational products and informational services that meet our members' needs
and the needs of those in their communities. IAPA is also recognized as a
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health and an
International Labour Organization - CIS Collaborating Centre. IAPA is ISO 9000
certified, has been awarded the National Quality Institute's Progressive
Excellence Program Level III for Quality Certificate, and was a recipient of a
Bronze Level Quality Award at the 2006 Canada Awards for Excellence. For more
information, visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: Lena Wan, Communications & PR Specialist, IAPA,
Tel: (905) 614-4272, ext. 2247, E-mail:; Meagan Parker,
Communications & PR Specialist, IAPA, Tel: (905) 614-4272, ext. 2233, E-mail:

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