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Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Announces Winners of First National Youth Privacy Video Competition

Ottawa, February 10, 2009 – The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced today the winners of the first annual My Privacy & Me national video competition, which encouraged youth aged 12 to 18 to produce video public service announcements that explore the importance of privacy.

“The wonderfully creative videos submitted for this competition showed a solid grasp of the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. They were able to convey the idea that, whether we recognize it or not, our privacy rights are increasingly under threat,” says Assistant Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier.

Participants of Encounters with Canada, a national youth forum that brings together teens from across Canada for week-long adventures in learning and discovery, selected the winners from among seven finalists.

The three top video artists were:

1st place: Siobhan Mortimer, of John F. Ross CVI school in Guelph, Ontario, with a video titled “A Lesson in Privacy”. She wins a $100 gift card and an iPod Touch.

2nd place: Kevin Saychareun and Jennifer Paul of St. Marguerite d’Youville secondary school in Brampton, Ontario, with a video titled ”The Facebook Experiment”. They each win a $250 gift card.

3rd place: Sam Gawron of John F. Ross CVI school in Guelph, Ontario, with a video titled ”Your Life, Your Privacy”. She wins a $150 gift card.

Four secondary schools and their teachers were also recognized for their enthusiastic participation in the contest. They were:

  • Carol Shaw, of Woodstock Collegiate Institute in Woodstock, Ontario, with 11 entries.
  • Michelle Brady, of John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph, Ontario, with six entries.
  • Toby Rosenbloom, of Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, Ontario, with five entries.
  • Majet Mattar, of Canterbury High School in Ottawa, Ontario with four entries.

Each winning school receives Adobe software, including suites of design tools and editing products for video and still photography.

The videos have been posted to, the youth Web site of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. They can also be viewed on the Office’s YouTube channel (

The Commissioner’s Office was very pleased with both the number and quality of submissions they received in the first year of the competition, and look forward to continuing this initiative in 2009.

“The younger generation has grown up with the social networking phenomenon, so they have different views when it comes to disclosing personal information online,” acknowledges Assistant Privacy Commissioner Bernier. “We want to give youth the opportunity to express their point of view, but in so doing we also hope to raise their awareness of privacy issues and encourage them to think a bit more about the consequences of putting their personal information out there.”

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Media contact:

Heather Ormerod
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel: (613) 995-1048

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