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B’nai Brith Canada is proud to launch an exciting educational initiative that promotes diversity and teaches valuable lessons of inclusion to both elementary and high school students.

The Diverse Minds Creative Writing Competition invites high school students to reflect on these values and write and illustrate a story for elementary school students (Kindergarten – Grade 5).

It is about peer-to-peer learning and recognizing that students will lead the way in creating school communities where everyone is valued. The goal of Diverse Minds is to empower our youth to become role models for each other and understand that their impact reaches beyond their classrooms.

The inaugural competition took place last year in Manitoba, and because of the huge success it was, we are growing to launch in four regions across Canada for the 2019/20 school year.

If you are a high school student the following regions, please check the guidelines for eligibility, timeline, tips and competition rules:

• Manitoba

• Montreal

PRIZES! What would a competition be without prizes?

The winning book will be published as a hardcover, full-colour book and distributed to all Elementary Schools and Public Libraries in the region.

Imagine being a published author and/or illustrator before you graduate high school!

And there’s more! Cash prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place books.

See your regional page for more information.





B’nai Brith Canada est fière de lancer une initiative éducative passionnante qui encourage la diversité et enseigne de précieuses leçons d’inclusion et de tolérance aux élèves du primaire et du secondaire.

Le concours de création littéraire La Diversité parmi nous invite les élèves de niveau secondaire à réfléchir sur ces valeurs et à écrire et illustrer une histoire destinée aux élèves du primaire (de la maternelle à la 5ème année).

Il s’agit d’inspirer les générations futures à devenir des modèles dans la promotion des droits humains. Le but de ce projet, est d'encourager nos jeunes à devenir des chefs de file en faisant de leurs écoles et de leurs communautés des lieux où chacun peut être respecté et valorisé.

La première édition du concours a eu lieu l'automne dernier au Manitoba et, en raison de l'énorme succès remporté, il est lancé dans quatre régions du Canada pour l'année scolaire 2019-2020.

Si vous êtes un élève du secondaire dans les régions suivantes, veuillez consulter les lignes directrices relatives à l’éligibilité, au calendrier, aux conseils et aux règles de la compétition:

• Manitoba

• Montreal

LE PRIX : Que serait une compétition sans prix?

Le livre primé sera publié sous forme de livre relié en couleur et distribué à toutes les écoles primaires et bibliothèques publiques de la région.

Imaginez être un auteur et / ou illustrateur publié avant de terminer vos études secondaires !

Et il y a plus! Les prix en espèces seront attribués pour les livres de 1ère, 2ème et 3ème place.

Pour plus d'informations, voir votre page régionale.


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News & Updates



Royal West Academy students capture Diverse Minds contest

October 19, 2020

By English Montreal School Board

B'nai Brith Canada

Two students at Royal West Academy in Montreal West were big winners in B’nai Brith Canada’s 2020 Diverse Minds Creative Writing Competition in Montreal.



Congratulations to Montreal’s Diverse Minds Contest Winners! | Félicitations aux gagnants de Montréal du concours La Diversité parmi nous!

October 1, 2020

B'nai Brith Canada

https://www.bnaibrith.ca/montreal_diverse_minds_winners (English)

https://www.bnaibrith.ca/felicitations_aux_gagnants (French)



Interview with Sam Mercier, Manitoba Diverse Minds Winner

September 18, 2020

B'nai Brith Canada

By Marcy Markusa, CBC

Click to listen to the full interview here.



Winnipeg teen wins award for book about Autism

September 16, 2020

B'nai Brith Canada

By CHVN 95.1FM

An Eleventh Grader says that he wrote his book to prove that people who have Autism can do anything.

Click here to read Taylor Brock’s full story on this years Manitoba Diverse Minds winner.



Congratulations to Manitoba's Diverse Minds Contest Winners!

September 10, 2020

B'nai Brith Canada

We're thrilled to congratulate the winners of last night's Diverse Minds creative writing competition in Manitoba.

This is the second year that B'nai Brith Canada has held this contest, and we are so proud of all the incredible work and dedication that the participants and everyone involved put into it.

Read the full story here.



High school authors honoured for works of inclusion

September 10, 2020

B'nai Brith Canada

By Winnipeg Free Press

Children with big ideas were honoured Wednesday night, as the Manitoba winners of the second annual Diverse Minds creative writing competition were announced.

Click here to read Malak Abas’s full story covering the Diverse Minds Manitoba award ceremony.



Ace Burpee's Fascinating Manitobans for 2019: The Manitoba 150 Edition

December 20, 2019

B'nai Brith Canada

By Ace Burpee

Ace Burpee honours 2019 Manitoba winner Varina Penner and B’nai Brith Canada’s, Diverse Minds program coordinator, Adriana Glikman on his list of fascinating Manitobans.

Read the full list here.



Diverse Minds is on the air in Hamilton!

January 22, 2020

B'nai Brith Canada

900 CHML's Rick Zamperin chats with B'nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn about the launch of Diverse Minds in Hamilton, Ontario.


Being Proud of Being You

January 20, 2020

B'nai Brith Canada

In an interview with Simon Fuller of The Lance, Diverse Minds winner Varina Penner encourages students to enter this year’s competition!



A Bear Like Me Featured On The Ryan Jespersen Show

January 08, 2020

B'nai Brith Canada

Diverse Minds is making waves in Edmonton, Alberta! Check out 630CHED radio host Ryan Jespersen’s read-through of our 2019 winning book, A Bear Like Me, on the air!

Click here for Ryan’s full interview about Diverse Minds, featuring B’nai Brith Canada representative Abe Silverman.




B'nai Brith Student Initiative Wins Recognition in Manitoba

December 20, 2019

B'nai Brith Canada

WINNIPEG – The organizers and winners of a B'nai Brith Canada initiative have been named to 2019's "Fascinating Manitobans" list.

The list is released by Ace Burpee, a popular Manitoba radio host and social-media personality, and showcases 100 noteworthy difference-makers in the province each year.

Highlighted on this year's list were Adriana Glikman, B'nai Brith's Program Coordinator, and Varina Penner, the student who won last year's Diverse Minds competition with her book, "A Bear Like Me."

Read more...

Marcy Markusa from CBC Information Radio

Click here to listen to Marcy Markusa from CBC Information Radio interview three Winnipeg students and their teacher, Jennifer Oldfield, about their experiences entering our inaugural 2019 competition!


B'nai Brith Launches Diverse Minds Creative Writing Competition

November 24, 2019

B'nai Brith Canada

TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada is proud to launch an exciting educational initiative that promotes diversity and teaches valuable lessons of inclusion to both elementary and high school students.

Since 1875, B'nai Brith has led the fight for human rights and equality in Canada - and we are proud to constantly be promoting this cause in new and exciting ways.

The Diverse Minds Creative Writing competition invites high school students to reflect on the value of a society rooted in mutual respect, by writing and illustrating a story aimed at elementary school students (Kindergarten - Grade 5).

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Contact


If you have any questions about Diverse Minds, please do not hesitate to contact us at diverseminds@bnaibrith.ca.

If you’re a student, teacher or school administrator, we look forward to hearing from you and will help in any way that we can along the way.

If you’re in the media, we would love to tell you more about Diverse Minds – what inspired us to launch it and what we hope it will inspire in students and their school communities.

If you would like to support Diverse Minds we would be happy to talk about the many sponsorship opportunities available.

You can reach us via email at diverseminds@bnaibrith.ca.


Version Française

Si vous avez des questions sur La Diversité parmi nous, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter à diverseminds@bnaibrith.ca

Si vous êtes un(e) élève, un(e) enseignant(e) ou un(e) administrateur(trice) d’école, nous avons hâte de vous entendre et nous vous aiderons dans la mesure le plus possible.

Si vous êtes dans les médias, nous aimerions vous en dire plus sur La Diversité parmi nous - ce qui nous a inspiré à le lancer et ce que nous espérons qu'il inspirera aux élèves et à leurs communautés scolaires.

Si vous souhaitez soutenir La Diversité parmi nous, nous serons heureux de parler des nombreuses opportunités de parrainage disponibles.

Vous pouvez nous joindre par courriel à diverseminds@bnaibrith.ca.

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