Young Artists Celebrated International Friendship Day through Children’s Drawing Contest

Over 200 children participated in 9th Children’s Drawing Contest to celebrate the International Friendship Day today at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, a well-liked annual event for young talents in the community organized by the Education Foundation of the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) in partnership with the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto and Chinese Canadian Times.

“This is an event to promote friendship and harmony as well as culture and education among our children in the community,” said Mr. Howard Shen, The Past President of the Education Foundation CPAC in his opening address. “It is our mission at the Education Foundation to support and promote creativity and talent development of young children and we have accomplished these goals through events like this one. For this year we have three themes to choose from – Giant Panda, Colours of Canada and Harmony. The works will be judged by an esteemed panel of artists based on creativity and techniques.” continued Mr. Shen. “

“We are absolutely delighted to see the thoughtfulness and efforts demonstrated by all the children,” remarked Moira Mundie, a renowned Toronto artist. “Some of them also displayed fantastic techniques that are rarely found in children of this age group!” Ms. Mundie was joined by Nan Jiang, Wing Tai Lam, Shuxian Liao, John Man and Chuanyu Wu on the panel of judges.

The top three finishers in each age category were presented with cash prizes ($200, $100, $50 respectively) as well as trophies and awards, courtesy of Charming China and Ms. Mundie. In addition, ten honourable mentions were also chosen for each category.

In addition, a Fan Favourite Award contest will be open to the public on From August 14 to September 3, people are invited to vote online for their favourite drawings. Each person can vote for multiple drawings during the voting period but is limited to a 24-hour voting timeframe. The young artist whose drawing receives the most votes online will win a free airline ticket from Toronto to China, via Taiwan, courtesy of EVA Air.

Thanks to our prize donors and sponsors, every young artist goes home as a winner. Each participant was presented with a RBC Piggy Bank and a phone card from Telehop. FedEx Canada also generously provided stuffed Panda toys and coupons to the Toronto Zoo. Other valued contributors to this event include Ming Pao Daily News, Ensil, Dimerco, Patrides North American Review and Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Scarborough.

“What a great way to instil in our younger generation the understanding and appreciation for the different cultures in our city,” says Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung, Chairman and President of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. “The success of this opportunity is largely attributed to the generous contributions by sponsors, donors and volunteers.

Da Mao from Toronto Zoo

Group Photo on 2013 Children’s Drawing Contest

First Prize of Beginner Group: Harmony by Trinity, Age 6

First Prize of Youth Group: Harmony by Ruobing Chen, Age 11