Announcing Winners of Our Easter Contest!

An incredible effort on the part of all Ontarians who participated.
This article was posted by ewitek@getcrac… on April 9th, 2021

We were absolutely thrilled to see the amount of submissions and the incredible effort that was put into the Easter trees of all our participants. There were so many amazing entries and it was incredibly hard for our judging panel to choose the finalists.

We would however, like to congratulate our 8 winners! And a heartfelt thanks to all those who participated. We hope you enjoyed spending that time with your families and that you made new memories along the way.

We're excited to announce 1st and 2nd place prize winners in all four categories below.

Colourful Category

1st Place - Floral and Festive

Rolf S. from Zurich, ON

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2nd Place - A Spectacle of Colours

Kimberly D. from Waterdown, ON

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Unique Category

1st Place - The Easter Bunny's Home

Keyva L. from Ottawa, ON

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2nd Place - The PandEGGmic Tree

Brigitte L. from Toronto, ON

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Elegant Category

1st Place - Minimal Yet Fantastical

Carmelina C. from Kleinburg, ON

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2nd Place - Handmade Bunnies and Ukrainian Artistry

Janet B. from Thunder Bay, ON

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Community Category

1st Place - A Joint Effort

Cindy D. with colleagues and patients from a hospital in London, ON

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"As staff at a hospital in London, Ontario, we thought it would be nice to have an Easter tree on the unit. Taking down the Christmas tree was especially hard this year with it being the pandemic and we thought it would be nice to continue the feeling with a seasonal “happy” tree. As a great team that always works together, our porter got us the bucket, and tree branch from a butterfly bush and painted the branches white. The recreation staff prepared salt dough ornaments shaped as Easter eggs for the patients to decorate. The staff also prepared some eggs and blew out the yolks for the patients to lovingly decorate as well. The patients got a kick out of the process and especially once I told them we were going to enter it into a contest put on by the egg farmers of Ontario. (We can be a competitive bunch). We chose to enter for the category of community tree because time and time again our staff and patients have demonstrated what community is all about during this pandemic. Even as I type this, the room is full of patients, socially distanced of course sitting in the common room drinking coffee, working on puzzles, crafts and being together as a community. With visitors, not being allowed in, the patients become a family to one another. They get to know each other, check on each other, root for each other. They celebrate one another’s successes. They are a shoulder to cry on when faced with disappointments. We love sit together and have our Easter tree spreading a soft white glow in the corner."

2nd Place - Spreading Hope and Kindness

Lia D. from Kingston, ON

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"We made an Easter Tree at KFL&A Public Health to bring some hope to our community as the world goes through a second Easter in the pandemic. We wanted to recognize all the hard work public health staff and other frontline workers are doing to keep us safe, and to foster hope as everyone in the community keeps up the hard work of staying home, distancing, masking, and testing while we work towards getting everyone vaccinated. We included Dr. Bonnie Henry's wise words for overcoming this crisis: "Be kind, be calm, be safe." We hope our tree marks the Spring near the end of the pandemic, and the coming transition back to being together again."