West Vancouver student filmmakers focus on water and win

May 2, 2016

A Grade 9 student from West Vancouver Secondary School has won the top prize of $750 for his film focused on conserving water.

The District challenged kindergarten to Grade 12 students to create videos showcasing the many ways water is wasted and what specific actions people can take to reduce water use.

More than 20 videos were submitted by students of all ages, each focused on one of three topics: responsible irrigation; everyone loses with leaks; or ways we waste water.

“The level of engagement by the students is very encouraging,” says Aaron Bichard, Community Programs Coordinator for the District of West Vancouver. “The number of conversations around creative ways to conserve water was high, and that’s a good sign for our future water supply.”

The Irrigation Industry Association of BC (IIABC) sponsored the cash prizes to help raise awareness about their certification programs for their members. “Water is the life blood of our industry, we recognize the need to conserve it and use it responsibly, and see this video contest as a great opportunity to increase awareness,” said IIABC president Kirby Ell. “We want to let people know there are efficient ways to water and these students have extremely creative ways to tell those stories.”

First prize was awarded to West Vancouver Secondary School Grade 9 student Marko Jones for his video titled Ways we waste water. First runner-up went to Jack Morin, a Grade 10 student from Mulgrave School and second runner-up was earned by Bella Hallam, a Grade 11 student from Collingwood School.

Ridgeview Elementary School submitted the most entries, earning the participation prize of an interactive water event presented by the BC Water & Waste Association.

Metro Vancouver recently announced that the Water Shortage Response Plan will start two weeks earlier than previous years, taking effect May 15 to October 15. Showing us the importance of being water wise year round, West Vancouver students make learning about water conservation easy in their creative clips.

The inaugural student video contest was developed as part of District of West Vancouver’s commitment to promoting water conservation and ensure clean drinking water for residents.

View the winning videos and all the submissions:

West Vancouver YouTube channel

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