Contest Rules and Regulations


The Open the Doors Education Contest (the “Contest”) is being held by the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (the “Contest Sponsor”) and begins at 11:59 PM PST on September 15, 2016 and will end at 11:59 PM PST on November 1, 2016 (the “Contest Period”).


To be eligible for the Contest, an individual must:

  1. Have a post-secondary (college or university) education experience to share. This may include, but is not limited to experiences from students, parents, instructors, other post-secondary staff or others.
  2. Be a resident of British Columbia for at least 3 months prior to the end of the Contest Period.
  3. Be the age of majority in British Columbia (age 19) or have parental or guardian consent to participate in the Contest if the entrant is under the age of majority.

Executive Committee members, Presidents’ Council, employees or contractors currently working for the Contest Sponsor, and the immediate family members of any of the above, are NOT eligible to participate in the Contest (the above requirements constitute all “Eligible Persons”).


NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED to participate in the Contest. To enter the Contest Eligible Persons must submit one of the following:

  1. a video which is between one to three minutes in length;
  2. a written story or novel with photo or image that reflects the story; OR
  3. an audio submission which is between one to three minutes in length
  4. an image(s) or a photo(s) or poster.

In addition, all entries:

  • submitted in a language other than English, must contain English translations (this may include subtitles for video submissions, audio translations for audio submissions, text translation for stories or novels or);
  • must include a synopsis of the work (100 words);
  • must include an image or photo that represents that work; and,
  • must be related to post-secondary education in British Columbia.

Contest entries must be submitted through the contest submission form on the website.

There is a limit of one entry per person. No entries from a group of persons or an organization will be accepted as a Contest entry.


Grand Prize

The grand prize is one years’ payment of “rent” (as defined in section 1 of the Residential Tenancy Act, SBC 2002, c 78) up to a maximum of $12,000.00 Canadian dollars (the “Grand Prize”). There is only one Grand Prize and it will be awarded to one Contest entrant. The Grand Prize will be paid as single lump sum amount of $12,000.00 on or before December 1, 2016.

Vacation Prize

The second prize is one Canadian dollar gift certificate of approximately $4500.00 from W.E. Travel (the “Vacation Prize”). There is only one Vacation Prize and it will be awarded to one Contest entrant. The winner of the Vacation Prize may use the Vacation Prize at his or her discretion. The Vacation Prize will be awarded on or before December 1, 2016.

Additional Prizes

Four additional prizes with an approximate value of $1000.00 Canadian dollars each will be awarded to Contest entrants selected by the Contest Sponsor (the “Additional Prizes”). One Additional Prize will be awarded for each of the four Educational Categories (as defined below). The winners of the Additional Prizes will be selected at the sole discretion of the Contest Sponsor. The Additional Prizes will be awarded on or before December 1, 2016.

General Provisions in Relation to Contest Prizes

The Grand Prize, the Vacation Prize and the Additional Prizes (the “Contest Prizes”) are non-exchangeable, non-transferable, non-refundable, and must be accepted by Contest winners as awarded. The Contest Sponsor does not make any express or implied warranty about the Contest Prizes, and, as such, is not responsible for any dissatisfaction with the Contests Prizes or for any taxes, landing and departure fees, and other charges and surcharges that may be applicable. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the specified Prize is unavailable due to circumstances beyond the Contest Sponsor’s control.


Contest winners will be selected from entries submitted by Eligible Persons during the Contest Period within fourteen days after the end of the Contest Period. One winner will be selected for each of the Contest Prizes. The selection of Contest winners is at the sole discretion of the Contest Sponsor.

Contest entries will be assessed by the Contest Sponsor based on the following criteria (the “Selection Criteria”):

    1. The entry clearly fits into one of the four educational categories (the “Education Categories”) for the Contest:
      • How does post-secondary education transforms lives?
      • What are the financial challenges of being a student in post-secondary education?
      • Who inspired you in your post-secondary education?
      • What are the challenges of being a post-secondary student in 2016?
    2. The entry clearly tells a story. For example, a story might comprise some history, a plan, and a goal for the future.
    3. The creativity associated with the technique (video, picture with short written story, or other) used in the entry.
    4. The impact of the entry on persons concerned about post-secondary education in British Columbia.
    5. The personal story of post-secondary education of the person submitting the entry.
    6. The degree to which the entry addresses the values of the Contest Sponsor’s “Open the Doors” campaign. More information regarding the “Open the Doors” campaign can be found here:
    7. The entry complies with the Contest Sponsor’s Harassment Policy (section 1.3.4 of the FPSE Policy and Procedures Manual) and all applicable law.

The chance of winning a Contest Prize is dependent on the Contest Sponsor’s own subjective assessment of the Selection Criteria.

Contest Prizes will be delivered by the Contest Sponsor to a Contest winner’s place of residence.


Releases and Consents

It is the sole responsibility of all entrants, or their parents or guardians, to ensure that entries submitted are original works and do not violate any law or agreement. Without limiting the foregoing, entrants specifically warrant and agree that they have obtained any release and consent that may be required of:

  1. persons appearing in the entry, or a parent or guardian in the case of persons under 18;
  2. owners of personal property featured in the entry; and
  3. copyright holders of any images, music, or written or spoken words included in the entry.


Contest entrants, or their parents or guardians, grant the Contest Sponsor, without further compensation, the right in perpetuity to publication, reproduction and full use of entries, including, but not limited to, publishing on any Contest Sponsor website, Contest Sponsor events, or any other purpose. Entrants further grant to the Contest Entrants the right to edit, shorten, or clarify any entry. Entries will not be returned to entrants.

No Responsibility

Contest entrants, or their parents or guardians, release, indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Sponsor, its officers, directors, and employees and any members locals of the Contest Sponsor and all of their officers, directors and employees from any claim, loss, expense or other liability which may arise in connection with the Contest, the preparation of entries or the content of any entry, as a result of a Contest Prize being awarded, or otherwise.

Personal Information

Contest entrants, or their parents or guardians, expressly consent to the Contest Sponsor collecting, storing, and using personal information submitted for the purposes of administering the Contest, and as necessary for promotion and future use of entries at the Contest Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Right to Cancel

The Contest Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to amend the Contest Rules and Regulations at any time during the competition period or to cancel or suspend the Contest for any reason.

Entrants' Agreement

By entering this contest, entrants, or their parents or guardians, agree they have read, understood and are legally bound by the Contest Rules and Regulations and the foregoing warranties, consents, waivers, releases, and statements of indemnification.