Over the past several years, many fraternal organizations, businesses, schools, churches, synagogues, and individuals have donated their time and money to the fight against the ever-present epidemic of substance abuse. One way to rectify this worldwide problem is through the spread of information. Increasing public awareness concerning the dangers of drugs and alcohol through the cooperation of individuals and organizations has garnered significant results.
The Ontario Knights of Columbus is part of an international, Catholic, family, fraternal service organization with over 1.9 million members in 15,000 local Councils. Last year, Knights donated more than 75 million volunteer hours and $177.5 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit the Catholic Church, Councils, communities, Culture of Life, families, and youth.
This is our 9th annual Knights of Columbus poster contest and it has been another great year. We had over 130 posters and we are always amazed at the talent and imagination of our students. The deserving winners received a certificate and $100 dollars for their winning posters.
Congratulations to Isabella Williams from South Branch Elementary School for her poster on substance abuse in the age group of 8 to 11 years old. Also, in the same age category, the winning poster on alcohol abuse was Landyn Carnegie of Holy Cross School. In our 12 to 14 age group, we would like to congratulate Mia McGovern from St Michael Catholic High School with her poster on alcohol abuse. Also in the 12 to 14 year old age group, we would also like to congratulate Hailey Harsh from North Grenville District High School with her winning poster on substance abuse.
A big thank you goes out to all the schools that participated. I would like to personally thank the wonderful judges (Sylvie Jonsson, Mary Hart, Fran Brauneisen, Bonnie Fortin, Dawn Kish, Leanne Rousselle, Barb Tobin, Mandy Moodie) for their dedication to the success of our contest again this year.