The fifth annual Jim Hume Memorial Student Essay Contest invited students attending western Canadian post-secondary institutions to write an essay in response to the following question:

“What is the most important thing western Canadians need to do to ensure that the West remains a great place to live in the 21st Century?”

A $5,000 cash prize for the best essay, a $3,000 cash prize for the second best essay and a $2,000 cash prize for the third best essay were offered as an incentive to participate.

The Canada West Foundation congratulates Felim Donnelly of the University of British Columbia for writing the winning essay. Congratulations are also due to Kimberly Macnab of the University of Victoria for writing the second prize essay and to Michael Saunders of the University of Calgary for writing the third prize essay.

Funding for the Jim Hume Student Essay Contest has been provided by Sheila O’Brien and Kevin Peterson.