Media Advisory - IAPA Accepting Applications for Young Worker Health & Safety Drama Competition

    Deadline for Submissions is February 18, 2009

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention
Association) invites Ontario high schools to submit applications for its LINK
(Learning Innovative New Knowledge) drama competition. The annual competition
allows Ontario grades 11 and 12 drama students to use their skills to create
and perform their own unique 25-minute productions about young worker health
and safety.
    LINK is more than a drama competition. It provides students with a forum
to discuss and share information about young worker health and safety with
their peers and communities. Students are encouraged to tap into their
creativity and incorporate production elements such as music, poetry, and
dance into their productions to get their message across.
    Each participating school will receive resources based on the Young
Worker Awareness Program and support from IAPA staff and local industry
volunteers. Applicants are responsible for researching and writing an original
25-minute script which must be reviewed by IAPA for technical accuracy.
Schools must also perform to a minimum of 50% of the student body. Twenty-five
bonus marks will be appointed for additional performances at other schools and
in the community. This project meets components of curriculum requirements and
also develops teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. All schools that
successfully complete this process will receive a cheque for $500.
    Student productions are to be performed and judged by April 8, 2009.
Judging will be conducted by a panel of workplace health and safety
professionals. The top two schools in Ontario will perform in a showcase of
talent in Toronto on April 20 or 21, 2009 at the Youth Health & Safety Forum
during IAPA's Health & Safety Canada 2009 Conference and Trade Show. Cash
prizes and competition expenses are made possible thanks to the generosity of
corporate sponsors and IAPA.
    LINK applications can be found and completed online at A
hard copy of the application can be acquired by calling IAPA at
1-800-406-4272. Applications will be accepted between now and February 18,
2009 on a first-come first-served basis. Drama teachers are encouraged to
enter as soon as possible as there are only 15 spots available for this
province-wide competition.

    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 Canada's leader in workplace health, safety,
and employee well-being. 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 9001 certified and has been awarded the NQI
PEP(R) Level 4 for Quality Certificate and Canada Awards for Excellence Gold
Trophy Awards for both Quality and Healthy Workplace.

    ATTENTION MEDIA: IAPA is now accepting applications for the 2009 Russ
Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety Reporting. All Ontario
trade and consumer media - print (newspapers or magazines), radio, and
television - distributed and broadcast in Ontario are invited to submit pieces
of work focusing on workplace health and safety. Only work published or aired
between January 1 and December, 31, 2008 will be eligible. For award
consideration, all materials must be submitted to IAPA by Tuesday, February 3,
    For more information on IAPA's programs, products, services, and awards
programs, visit IAPA's website at

For further information:

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

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