A 9-year-old Prince George girl is the first place winner of a national competition.
Mairin Callaghan entered a comic strip in the Telus Wise Footprint Comic Contest, and placed in the top 3 in all of Canada.
With the help of friends, family and Prince George residents, her comic strip was then voted number one in the nation.
“I would just like to say thanks to everyone who helped me with my win,” says Callaghan.
Today, she accepted a $3000 cheque on behalf of Spruceland Traditional Elementary School, which will be used towards digital literacy and safety programs.
“Mairins approach to peer-to-peer and how to share her insight with her friends to be safe on the internet or smartphone usage was key to the decision,” says the General Manager of Northern BC Telus Customer Solutions Delivery, Lance MacDonald.
Callaghan also received $500 for placing. She says she put the money into a savings account.
Her mother, Adrienne Callaghan, couldn’t be prouder. “Really I didn’t doubt for a minute she wouldn’t win, because she is so wonderful.”
Mairin Callaghan plans to grow her talents even further with writing and art classes. She has a message for anyone wanting to pursue art as a career.
“Just try hard and maybe you’ll be a famous artist someday.”