First Responders

BELLEVILLE, ON – May 1st is recognized in the Province of Ontario as First Responders Day. In the days leading up to this special day, the Office of Todd Smith, Prince Edward-Hastings MPP will be hosting a First Responders Day Writing Contest for elementary and high school students in the riding.

First responders are volunteers and professionals who have dedicated their lives to public service. They are those men and women who, in the early stages of an emergency, are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence and the environment. Their life saving skills often makes the difference between life and death.

The First Responders Day Writing Contest is an opportunity for young people who are eager to honour those who dedicate their lives for our community.

First Responders Day Writing Contest:

 Grades 1-3 – Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card – colouring or drawing entry                          

Grades 4-6 – Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card– a short story no more than 200 words in length

Grades 7-8 – Prize: iPad Mini 2 – Essay no more than 300 words in length

High School – Prize: iPad Mini 2 – Essay no more than 500 words in length

 Students are asked to submit their entry by April 24, 2015 via email to or in person at the Belleville Office of Todd Smith, MPP at 81 Millenium Parkway, Unit 3.

Winners will be determined by a panel consisting of first responders, and will be selected no later than April 30, 2015. The winners will be presented with their prizes on May 1st .

On December 11, 2013 the First Responders Day Act was passed into law by the Ontario Legislature. First responders include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians and military personnel. Prizes have been donated by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

  For more information, contact: Ashley Harnden | 613-962-1144 |



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