January 10, 2022

​Sun West students are driving change together

Over 150 students entered Sun West’s National Addictions Awareness Week Keychain Design Contest. All Sun West students between Grades 7-12 had the opportunity to enter the contest where students created artwork suitable for incorporation into a keychain using the National Addictions Awareness Week theme of “Driving Change Together.”

Pictured above are the winners and runner-ups of the National Addictions Awareness Week Keychain Design Contest (left to right) Taylor Kubick of Kindersley Composite School, Heimarie Strydom of Elrose Composite School, Addison Larock of Eaton School and Dezarae Jordan of Dinsmore Composite School.

There were two categories for entry. These were Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12. The winner in the Grades 10-12 category was Taylor Kubik of Kindersley Composite School. Taylor explained her design as follows: "When I thought of driving change together, I thought of people going through addiction together and reaching out for help. I drew a group of students to show others that addiction is something that you don’t have to go through alone and that it’s okay to reach out for help from people you trust."

The winner in the Grades 7-9 category was Heimarie Strydom of Elrose Composite School. Heimarie’s design incorporated the symbols for change and addictions with a red ribbon to symbolize awareness. She wrote: “I tried writing a message by using symbolize (change, addictions) the meaning of the two symbols combined. Also the ribbon represents spreading awareness.”

Taylor’s and Heimarie’s designs will both be used to produce keychains that will be distributed to all Sun West Grade 10 students during the annual PARTY program events to be held in the spring of 2022.

In addition to these two winners, there were two runners-up in the Grades 7-9 category. This were Dezarae Jordan of Dinsmore Composite School and Addison Larock of Eaton School. All the winners and runner-ups received certificates of recognition from Sun West.

Below are the Taylor’s, Heimarie’s, Dezarae’s and Addison’s designs.

Taylor Kubik

Heimarie Strydom


Dezarae Jordan


Addison Larock