The winners of the 5th Annual Creative Minds Youth Contest in Peel Region were recognized during an award ceremony at Mississauga Civic Centre on Apr 29, 2019. The ceremony was attended by some 100 people, among them are students, education professionals, family members, volunteers as well as prominent leaders of Peel Region. The main theme addressed in this year’s contest was “Challenging Stereotypes: Embracing Uniqueness in Today’s World,” through which contesters sought to celebrate diversity and inclusion while defying marginalization. During his keynote speech, Akaash Maharaj, the CEO of the Toronto-based Mosaic Institute, shared his reflections about the world’s conflicted areas and highlighted the importance of initiatives like Creative Minds Youth Contest in creating a level playing field for everyone. “Despots divide not because they are strong but because they are weak.” Bonnie Crombie, the mayor of the City of Mississauga, told the audience that diversity contributes to vibrancy in cities including Mississauga, and thanked to the organizers. “Tonight, we gathered to celebrate students in Peel who through art, essays or short videos have broken barriers and challenged stereotypes by embracing the very things that make them unique. Congratulations to all of this year’s @IDIGTA Creative Minds Awards. #PeelProud – at Mississauga, Ontario” Crombie tweeted later the same day. Creative Minds Contest Peel is an annual collaborative effort of Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA, Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. The contest is conducted for high school students in three categories: art, essay and video. It aims to engage students intellectually and creatively in a wide range of social, cultural and environmental topics and provide them with a unique opportunity to express their ideas through their creative pieces. It is expected to make a positive impact in preparing youth to be empathetic and responsible citizens of their communities and the globe.