West Vancouver Student Video Contest Recognized

A student video contest initiated by the District of West Vancouver was one of this year’s winners of a Community Excellence Award. The District challenged students from kindergarten to grade 12 to create a brief video on a topic provided by the municipality for a chance to win up to $750.

The District’s engineering department staff selected contest topics that demonstrate how individual actions impact community sustainability. The 2016 theme Water invited students to explore water conservation and the operations of the local water utility. The 2017 theme Our Waste; Our Responsibility encouraged students to produce videos about topics related to illegal dumping, litter, and recycling.

The contest uses video as a tool to engage and educate students, which in turn engages educators and parents regarding residents' responsibilities that pertain to municipal services.  

The District indicates that the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The award was granted to West Vancouver under the Community Connections category recognizing local governments that excel in their use of civic engagement practices and social media tools to increase awareness of the roles and responsibilities of local government.

The Community Excellence Awards are designed to profile excellence in local government and to inspire other communities to take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships and pioneer new customer service practices.  This week we are profiling the winning Community Connections project.

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