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Building Bridges Youth Contest

Event to focus on promoting and defending human rights

Deadline January 15, 2020 **Deadline extended to February 1, 2020

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October 11, 2019 (Montreal) – The Coalition Inclusion Quebec, Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal and The Centre for Civic Religious Literacy announce the launch of the second Building Bridges Youth Contest.  This contest encourages Montreal area youth to showcase their artistic and writing talents by sharing their thoughts/experiences on how our community looks when we are working and living in harmony.  This year’s theme is:


“All of us can promote and defend human rights”


The contest is in memory of the late Dr. Victor Goldbloom, one of Montreal’s finest statesmen, a great leader in intercultural and interfaith dialogue, and a citizen passionate about building bridges.  His autobiography, Building Bridges, lays the foundation for this contest. The contest will reflect Dr. Goldbloom’s message to the next generation which was “une politique de presence – being present wherever and whenever possible.”  In his words, we invited the next generation to “Be present.  Be engaged.  Be constructive.”

The Building Bridges contest is open to students from age 9 to 17.  Prizes from $100 to $500 will be awarded to the winners.  Contestants may submit works in the form of creative writing, (poetry, story, prose, essay) or artwork (drawing, painting, music, photography, film, or multimedia). See contest rules for more details.  The contest is open until February 1, 2020.

The top submissions will be selected by a panel of local judges and winners will be honoured at an event to be held in February 2020. The date of this awards ceremony will be announced shortly.

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