The ELLY Survey

Link to the survey

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The ELLY Competition

Find the Fun in Finance

Guidelines for Entry


Entry can be solo performance, group acts, bands and duets.
Lyrics must fit the finance theme.
This can be done through original creation or by doing a parody of an existing song.

No offensive or inappropriate lyrics will be considered.


Eligible Dancers:

  • Solo - 1 dancer
  • Duet/Trio - 2 to 3 dancers
  • Group - 4 to 10 dancers
  • Production – any number of dancers using props, musical theatre and staging techniques

Each performance piece must be no less than 2.5 minutes and no longer than 4 minutes.
All forms of dance are eligible.

Please note the choice of attire dress and/or costume should suit and complement nature of the competition and the institution in which it is taking place.

CATEGORY: ART- (Drawing, Painting Sculpture)

The art work submitted must be original.  It must depict one of the themes of the competition.
There must be an accompanying short description of the interpretation of the piece.

Eligibility:                   Currently enrolled students at UTM and former UTM students who have graduated within the last year.

Submission Details

Submission period:

September 15th 2018 to November 15th 2018
Email submissions to:

If the files are too large to upload as an attachment to the email, you can email the link to your submission.

If you wish to obtain a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) for your submission please include in your submission email:

  1. Your UTORid  and
  2. A statement of how your entry helps to facilitate your understanding of personal finance? (Minimum 100 words)

Recent graduates and participants who do not wish to obtain a CCR, do not need to submit (1) and (2).

Labeling your Submission:

Email Subject: Category, First Name Last name

For example
Email Subject:       

SONG, Elvis Presley               
DANCE, Fred Astaire                         
ART, Pablo Picasso       

Judging Criteria:

  • Does the submitted work fit the theme of the competition?
  • Is there a creative interpretation of the subject/ theme?
  • Is the originality of the work interesting?
  • Is there overall quality and command of the medium being used?
  • Does the work impact the viewer in relationship to the theme?

The top three entries in each category will be announced on December 15th 2018.

The top three entries will compete on January 15th 2018, at the MIST theatre.
Competition is from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Prizes: Winners in each Category will receive:

  • Cash Prize of $300
  • Official Co-Curricular Record (CCR), if eligible.


You must be the creator your submission and not a copy of anyone else's copyrighted material. 
The artist in all categories retains all copyrights to their submissions without exception.

Suggestions for Elly In Action Theme- Finance

Using song, dance or art express any one of the following:
How does it feel to:

  • Be debt free- having no credit card debt, no student loans or any other type of debt
  • Be able to live comfortably without working, to have enough money to meet all your basic needs and wants.
  • Be burdened with student debt
  • Have high credit card debt because of daily living and socializing
  • Have a fear of credit cards and a fear of using credit cards because you can’t monitor yourself when it comes to spending
  • Get your finances in order, to be able to understand and be in control of your money
  • Meet expectations that society places on you to have various material possession- specific items and specific brands
  • Equate who you are as a person with how much money you have

You are free to do a variation of any of the themes or add to the list. Any variation or addition must fit into the finance theme.

Elly In Action Flyer's

Flyer 1
Flyer 2

Elly Social Media Links


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Elly?

Elly is a study to assess the level of financial literacy and the extent that students are affected by debt and other financial issues. The survey starts in September 2018 and ends in March 2019. Elly is a chance for students to take stock of where they are financially and simultaneously voice any concerns and issues that they may have about personal finance. The survey allows students have a direct input into the formulation of recommendations for financial education that is specific to the UTM student body.

Why Elly?

Being in debt is not pretty or pleasant. In fact it’s pretty unpleasant. Financial literacy has proven to be a good combat against the rising debt problem. Students are here to acquire the skills that will help them to earn money. Earning money this is just one side of the coin. In addition to learning how to make money, it is equally important to learn how to manage that money. Elly exists to help students improve their ability to manage their day to day finances more efficiently.

What is Elly in Action Extravaganza?

Elly in Action is a financial literacy awareness campaign that brings to life personal finance in a way that students can easily relate, through the medium of dialogue, song, dance, and art.  The Elly in Action Extravaganza  is the culmination of this awareness campaign. This competition has three categories: song, dance, and art. Students have a chance to compete to win cash prizes and obtain an official Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Why Elly in Action Extravaganza?

The primary purpose is student engagement in the financial literacy awareness campaign and active participation in the Elly survey which runs from September 2018 to March 2019.