Apr 17, 2014
Recognizing First Responders
RECOGNIZING FIRST RESPONDERS
Burlington MPP looks to celebrate first responders on inaugural recognition day (May 1st) with essay writing contest
For Immediate Release: April 11, 2014
Burlington: MPP Jane McKenna was joined by Halton Paramedic Services Chief Greg Sage, Burlington Deputy Fire Chief Ross Monteith, Halton Regional Police Sergeant Chantel Corner, and John and Deborah Snowball today to raise awareness in advance of Ontario’s inaugural First Responders Day (May 1st), and publicize an essay writing contest honouring our First Responders.
“On December 10th, Bill 15, An Act to Proclaim First Responders Day was proclaimed designating May 1st of each year as First Responders Day in the Province of Ontario,” said McKenna standing in front of the North Burlington Paramedic Services Station . “On this day, communities across the province will be gathering to observe and celebrate the sacrifices and hard work of First Responders who have devoted their lives to public service.”
“Here in Burlington I am asking schools across Burlington to help celebrate First Responders Day with and Essay Contest to mark the inaugural recognition.”
First Responders Day marks the commencement of a one month long celebration of our emergency services. It is followed by Emergency Preparedness Week from May 4th-10th, Police Week from May 11th-16th, and culminates with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week from May 25th-31st.
“First Responders provide critical out-of-hospital medical care, transport to definitive care, as well as protecting and preserving life, property, evidence and the environment,” McKenna explained. “Although the consequences of entering this line of work is both mentally and physically challenging, Ontario continues to be home to some of the most professional, accomplished and accountable First Responders in the world.”
Students at all elementary, secondary, schools in Burlington are eligible to participate in writing an essay on the question of “Why are First Responders important to us?” Submissions will be judged by a panel of First Responders and prizes will be awarded to the top two submissions in each category of elementary and secondary.
Let's make the inaugural First Responders Day a memorable and meaningful day for us all.
CONTACT: Rob Willett | email@example.com | 905-639-7924
Rules for First Responders Day Essay Contest
· Eligibility: All elementary, secondary, level students residing in Burlington
· The essay shall be no more than 300 words in length;
· The theme of the essay shall be based on the First Responders Day Act ;
· Submissions must be delivered no later than 3 p.m. on Friday April 25, 2014 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 905-639-7924;
· Top two prizes will be awarded in both student categories of elementary (grades 3-8), and secondary (grades 9-12) – 2 prizes for elementary and 2 for secondary;
· Prizes: First: iPod Nano 16GB, Second: Kindle Fire HD 8GB;
· Winners will be determined by a panel consisting of first responders;
· Winners will be notified no later than April 30, 2014