May 19, 2010
Grade Nine Student Wins Phil McColeman’s Public Safety Essay Contest
“This contest was born out of my passion for education and my work in Ottawa, as a member of the House of Common’s Standing Committee on Public Safety,” said McColeman. “I feel great pride when I see the youth of our community engage in educational activities and demonstrate a willingness to promote positive change.”
Mr. McColeman is also Vice Chair of the Conservative Party’s Post Secondary Education Caucus in Ottawa. His essay writing contest was open to all students attending high school in the riding of Brant.
“I was interested in the topic and the $500.00 prize was pretty motivating,” said Ryan Jamula. “I wanted to focus my essay on youth and how when you have recreational programs for youth, it helps them to stay out of trouble.”
In addition to his studies, Jamula is a member of his school’s Activism Club. He also plays basketball and volleyball, umpires baseball and is a member of the track and cross country teams.
The Phil McColeman Public Safety Essay Contest is sponsored by the Neziol Insurance Group. This year’s essays were judged by Derek McElveny, Brantford Police Chief, Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams, Director-Nipissing University Brantford Campus and Trish Kings, Superintendent-Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.