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Cowichan kid earns $500 for green film

Ten-year-old filmmaker Eden Weiss. - courtesy Robin Weiss
Ten-year-old filmmaker Eden Weiss.
— image credit: courtesy Robin Weiss

Eden Weiss’s environmentally-friendly room scored the 10-year-old filmmaker $500.

The eco-friendly pad, along with Weiss’ ingenuity and creativity — plus her handy work with a video camera — secured the Cowichan kid first spot in the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s Environment Commission Video Contest.

Eden was first in the age 8-to-10 category in the challenge.

Winners with their two-minute videos were showcased at the CVRD’s Environment Commission meeting Dec. 15.

“She didn’t even want to enter. She wasn’t thinking she was good enough and she’s very shy,” said Eden’s mom, Robin Weiss.

Eden’s super pumped about winning $500.

“It’s really exciting,” she said, adding she wants to use the dough to buy her dog Dawson a new bed.

“I asked her what she wanted to use the money for and she said to buy her dog a bed,” Robin said. “I thought it would be a pretty nice bed. Maybe we’ll go to Sleep Country for that.”

Eden’s video highlights the green-girl’s bedroom, which includes footage of her dimmer switch, eco-friendly paint as well as re-used furniture. She also showed the CVRD folks items like her metal water bottle.

“Instead of using plastic bottles, I bring that to school,” she said.

Eden plans to split the dough with her brother Austin, who recently won third place in the Vancouver Island Library System’s I Love My Library teen video contest in the 13-to-15 age category for his stop-motion animation entry. He won $150 in that contest as well as $300 for a second-place finish in the CVRD’s challenge in the age 11-to-14 category.

Eden’s leftover winnings, on top of Austin’s, will go toward buying a new computer with better video editing programs and faster processors, Robin said.

Other winners were:

Age 8-to-10: Sierra Robinson (2) and Duncan Elementary Class (3); Age 11-14: U-Fix It (1), Austin Weiss (2), and Olivia Nelson (3); Age 15-to-18: AJ Mitchell (1), Our Future (2), Timeline (3); and 19-to-24: Jen Holden (1).

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