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Democracy and Me: Share Your Voice through Poetry

Speak, write, and share your voice through this contest for K-12 students in B.C.: “Democracy & Me: Share Your Voice Through Poetry”!

The contest is now completed and the winners have been announced! The contest period began on October 27, 2021 and closed on February 28, 2022. Congratulations and thank you to all participants who submitted such wonderful and passionate poetry!

Click here to see the winning entries and each eligible submission. 

The Democracy & Me Poetry Contest invited students to reflect on the importance of community, civic engagement, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and democracy. In developing creative poetry or spoken word responses to the Contest questions, contestants were asked to reflect on how their voice offers a unique medium to express one’s identity, culture and connection to community.

“Why are we talking about “voice” and “speaking”?

The term “Parliament” comes from the French word parler – to speak.

“Parliament” also describes the period of time between general elections when the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in British Columbia do their work—making laws, approving finances, scrutinizing government, and representing their constituents (YOU!).

The final judging panel will be composed of the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; the Honourable Raj Chouhan, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly; and Zoe Duhaime, editor, writer, illustrator and the City of Victoria’s 2015 Youth Poet Laureate.

Click here for learn more about the contest!