Making the world a better place: Toyota Dream Car Art contest has selected its nine finalists

Toronto, Ontario — This year marks the 10th Annual Toyota Canada Dream Car Art contest and the automaker has recently announced that nine Canadian kids are going to have the chance to showcase their own “dream car,” which was designed with the theme of helping to make the world a better place.

The nine Canadian finalists will be making their way to the World Finals of the contest, with a chance to win a USD$5,000 cash prize. Each Canadian finalist has also received a $250 online retail gift card to KiwiCo.

Every year, the contest challenges future artists, designers and innovators to share their creativity and imagination, with the hopes of making the world a better place.

The participants, who ranged in ages, were separated into three age groups. The first group was under 8 years old and included Lauren Kinniston’s “Uni-play-o-rama,” Aileen Lee’s “Happy Toyota underwater car” and Elena Glavish’s “The Adventuresest Truck.”

The next group included 8 to 11 years old, and saw designs such as Erica Kam’s “Magical Hospital Bed,” Katrina Liu’s “The Toyota Super Trash Eliminator” and Aiden Tang’s “Marine Car.”

The last, and the oldest, were from 12 to 15 years old, and included Chloe Ng’s “Moon-construction Rover,” Kyryll Chalov’s “Space Shark Waste Cleaning Car” and Aiyach Yahweh’s “Happy Memories Vehicle.”

A panel of judges, including Mike Mallory, Group Head of Salt Experiential Agency, Steaphanie Henry, On-Air Host of Breakfast Television, Tony Kelly, Vice President and Customer Service of Toyota and Jodi Lai, Editor in Chief of Auto Trader, had the honour of assessing entries from kids across the country.

All of the judges stated that they were beyond impressed by what the contestants had to offer.

“I’m immensely grateful to all the children for their imaginative and inspiring entries. It was an honour to judge your submissions and thank you for sharing your dreams with us. Your creativity fuels our hopes for a brighter, more innovative future on the road ahead,” Mallory said.

“Exploring the dream car entries from incredibly talented youth has been a truly awe-inspiring experience. Being a part of this process has opened my eyes to the incredible artistic abilities of these young minds and not only does this contest fuel our imagination but also challenges us to reflect on the boundless potential within every dream,” Henry said.

“I was impressed by how attuned these young artists are to current issues and how clearly they present their ideas for solutions. Their thoughtfulness and effort make everyone a winner in my book,” Kelly said.

“I’m so filled with hope knowing that they have risen above it to imagine a much better place where their thoughtful ideas solve some truly devastating problems. Going through these submissions made me appreciate their optimism and ingenuity,” Lai said.

The Toyota Canada Dream Car Art contest is one of the world’s largest global design contests for children, and it invites future artists, designers and engineers to share their ideas about the future of mobility.

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