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Diverse Minds Writing Competition Winners Celebrated

Claire-Emmanuelle Boucher, from Montreal Accepts First-Place Award in B’nai Brith’s Diverse Minds Competition

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Oct. 3, 2022 

WINNIPEG – B’nai Brith Canada is delighted to congratulate the latest winner of its annual ground-breaking literary contest, the Diverse Minds Writing Competition.  

Claire-Emmanuelle (Emma) Boucher of Montreal took the first prize for her French-language book, La couleur des dons (The Colour of Gifts) at a National Awards ceremony held yesterday in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Students and their families representing the top five entries were flown to Winnipeg for the prestigious event.  

This year, multitudes of submissions were evaluated by Diverse Minds judges, including Isha Khan, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Lorrie Goldstein, Senior Editor Emeritus of the Toronto Sun, The Honourable Wayne Ewasko, Minister of Education in Manitoba and Lucinda Chodan, former Editor-in-Chief of the Montreal Gazette, among others.  

“We are proud of the young participants’ incredible work and dedication,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “The Diverse Minds Writing Competition is a valuable exercise in fostering diversity and inclusion for youth. We congratulate Emma on her resounding achievement.” 

Diverse Minds is a revolutionary contest designed to promote the vital values of diversity and inclusion through the mediums of storytelling and illustration. High school students are invited to create books geared towards elementary school students. The winning book is published and the top three entrants are awarded monetary prizes.  

B’nai Brith invites interested students to sign up for our 2023 Diverse Minds competition. Submissions will be accepted until April 16, 2023. More information is available here.  

Winning entries from this year’s event as well as previous years, are available for purchase on the Diverse Minds Book Store.  

For media inquiries about this year’s competition, please contact Marty York, Director of Communicaitons, at [email protected]