Paralympians Relay Messages of Hope During Challenging Times

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Canadian Paralympic Committee and BBDO Canada release an empathetic Covid-19 PSA
Paralympians Relay Messages of Hope During Challenging Times

A new film from the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) features perspectives from paralympians on the emotional challenges surrounding Covid-19, while reassuring Canadians there is a way forward.

With the onset of the global pandemic, many Canadians found their lives changed in an instant. The new 30 second PSA, produced by partner agency BBDO Canada, captures why the fallout is an experience those with disabilities know all too well – albeit for vastly different reasons. 

“For many Canadians, the anxiety of this experience feels so acute because it seems so unprecedented,” says Martin Richard, executive director, communications and brand at Canadian Paralympic Committee. “But in another way, many athletes with a disability have been through emotional experiences like this. Your life is dramatically changed due to circumstances beyond your control – and only you get to decide how you move forward.”

Like many brands and associations, the CPC was forced to change gears because of Covid-19. Following the cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo games, they quickly found a unique approach they felt confident in, says BBDO Canada executive creative director Chris Booth. “Working with our client, we identified a deeper insight surrounding the emotional journey of having your life affected by disability, and how sharing those experiences can give hope and support during these times.” 

In order to create the PSA in self-isolation, BBDO Canada’s in-house production arm Ricochet worked with athletes by email, providing instructions on how to maximise sound quality while recording their voiceover at home. The narration was then paired with photography captured by AJ Messier for the CPC at their Athletes Summit in January.

The 30 second film will be running on Canada’s Paralympic media consortium and online, in English and French, commencing April 23rd, 2020. BBDO Canada previously partnered with CPC for the Greatness is Rare campaign to share the extraordinary achievements of Canada’s Paralympic athletes during the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games.


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Title: The Letter

Client: Canadian Paralympic Committee

Executive Director of Communications & Brand: Martin Richard

Manager of Content and Digital Media: Emily Gentes

Agency: BBDO Canada

Copywriter: Jacob Pacey

Art Director: Brendan McMullen

SVP Creative Director: Chris Booth

SVP Creative Director: Derek Blais

VP Planning: Dan Koutoulakis

Planner: Alexandra Jo Heller

SVP, Business Director: Rebecca Flaman

Group Account Director: Tania Montemarano

Account Executive: Alexandra Hughes,

VP Head of Broadcast: Beatrice Bodogh

BBDO Montreal

Copywriter/concept-rédacteur: Patrick Emiroglou

Vice-president, Operations / Vice-président, Opérations: Glen Cambridge

Account Supervisor/Superviseur de compte: Julie McGregor

 

Production: Ricochet

Producer: Sarah Sutherland

Senior Editor: Matthew Dell

Audio Production Manager: Mike Rosnick

Junior Editor: Raquel Velasquez

Photography: AJ Messier 

Print Production: SGL

VP Director of Studio: Matt Eves

Retoucher: Jano Kirijian

Sr Production Artist: John Rodrigues

Sr Print Production Manager: Tom Burton

BBDO Montreal, 3 months ago