Creative Minds contest encourages empathy

Students from Father Michael McGivney CA & St. Robert CHS among 9 students recognized throughout the Greater Toronto Area

For its first time, students from high schools across York Catholic were invited to participate in the Creative Minds Youth Contest. The theme for 2017-2018 contest was “Empathy: Walking in Another’s Shoes.”

Students were encouraged to submit an art piece, an essay, or a short video that speaks to the theme. Over 120 students submitted their work for the YCDSB regional contest and were invited to an Awards Ceremony in November, where the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category was announced.  These winning entries went on to compete in the GTA-wide contest, which included entries from eight different school boards.

Congratulations to York Catholic students Neha Ali from Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy and Audrey Wu from St. Robert Catholic High School, who won second place honours in the Artwork and Essay categories respectively.

York Catholic is very proud of the work submitted by all of our participants.  They demonstrated not only creativity but a deep understanding of what it means to have empathy.

This contest is an initiative of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute whose objective it is to open discussions about equity, inclusivity and diversity in the GTA. The contest encouraged students to explore and speak to topical social, cultural and environmental issues as a way to raise awareness and enhance empathy. This contest directly links that Board’s vision to foster socially responsible global citizens, which also related to our Catholic Graduate Expectations. 

Secondary students interested in participating in next year’s Creative Minds Contest, which is themed on: “Challenging Stereotypes: Embracing Uniqueness in Today’s World,” can learn more by visiting: