Stratford Northwestern Secondary School and Norwood District High School to perform at LINK 2009 Youth Health & Safety Forum

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 16 /CNW/ - IAPA is pleased to announce that
Stratford Northwestern Secondary School of Stratford, Ontario is the winner of
its LINK (Learning Innovative New Knowledge) drama competition. The runner-up
is Norwood District High School of Norwood, Ontario. Stratford Northwestern
Secondary School will perform their original dramatic production on young
worker health and safety on Monday, April 20 and Norwood District High School
will perform on Tuesday, April 21 at the LINK 2009 Youth Health & Safety
Forum. The forum is part of Health & Safety Canada 2009 and takes place at the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Hall F.
    Stratford Northwestern Secondary School's winning performance was
produced by students in its co-operative education program, under the
direction of former drama teacher, Gail Fricker. The production features a
co-op class learning about health and safety and has an audience participation
component to it. As a result of the student's efforts, the school will receive
$1,000 towards their co-op program.
    A teen watching various television programs modified with health and
safety messages is the theme of Norwood District High School's production.
Norwood's extra curricular Drama Club students worked very hard under the
direction of Linda Waldack, Head of Mathematics and Drama Teacher. The
school's drama department will receive $750 for their efforts.
    Nine schools took part in this year's LINK competition. The following
schools will receive $500 plus a certificate of participation:
    -  Park Street Collegiate Institute, Orillia
    -  Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts, Windsor
    -  Wellington Heights Secondary School, Mount Forest
    -  Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute, Guelph
    -  Durham Alternative Secondary School, Oshawa
    -  Dryden High School, Dryden
    -  Parry Sound High School, Parry Sound

    In addition to the student productions, the LINK 2009 Youth Health &
Safety Forum will feature an inspirational keynote address from Stacie Louttit
and Marc Shaw, members of the 2008 Canadian Paralympic Sailing Team.
Award-winning student videos from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, an
interactive game show, and a personal story from Eric Olivieri, a young,
injured worker are also part of the program.
    IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) 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, has been awarded the National Quality Institute's Progressive
Excellence Program Level 4 for Quality Certificate and the Canada Awards for
Excellence Gold Trophy Awards for Quality and Healthy Workplace.

    ATTENTION MEDIA: IAPA is now accepting applications for the 2010 IAPA
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. Universities and colleges are
also invited to submit work in the Student Media print and radio categories.
Only work published or aired between January 1 and December, 31, 2009 will be
eligible. For award consideration, all materials must be submitted to IAPA by
Tuesday, February 9, 2010.
    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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