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Interact club impresses with hopeful video

Local group finishes in top-8 in global video contest
Erykah Brown shows the Dawson Creek Interact club's winning video on her phone in class at Dawson Creek Secondary. The senior says the club helped her come out of her shell.

It’s a 90-second video with a hopeful message. 

The scene opens on a roomful of students locked in the Mannequin challenge, and pans to  whiteboards, notebooks and pieces of paper with messages about ending child marriage, slavery, helping with disaster relief and other global issues.   

Late last month, students with the Interact Club of Dawson Creek learned the video was one of the best of the 2016 Interact Video Awards Competition, which challenged clubs around the world to submit videos on making the world a better place. 


While the video didn’t claim the top prize, it finished in the top 8 globally, and was the only submission from a Canadian club in the finals.  

“We were really excited about it,” said Erykah Brown, a senior at Dawson Creek Secondary and head of the Interact Club. “We didn’t expect to do so well.”

The club shot and submitted its video in early December. The theme was how the world would be different if Interact members were in charge. 

Interact, the youth service wing of the Rotary Club, has around 15 members in its Dawson Creek chapter. 

“We came together, threw out some ideas, brainstormed, and came up with the idea of doing the Mannequin Challenge that was going on at the time,” Brown said, referring to the series of viral video where performers stand stock still while a moving camera films them. “We used that idea to bring out what we would want to see different in the world.” 

 Nova Lefresne shot and edited the video on a tight timeline, Brown said. 

“We did a bit of rushing, but Nova made the video and is really talented, so we were really happy we had him to help us out with that,” Brown said. “We were really happy to place in the top 8.”