Stories of Canada’s History earn national award for 26 students, including Kirsten Rowe of Ajax

Ajax student Kirsten Rowe, from Southwood Park Public School, is the recipient of the 2015 Young Citizens Award. Kirsten and twenty-five other young Canadians are recipient of this year’s award which is presented annually by Canada’s History Society. The students, aged 10 to 15, have won a trip to Ottawa to participate in the Canada’s History Youth Forum.

During the last school year, more than 55,000 students researched stories of Canadian heroes, legends and key events, and presented the results at heritage fairs across the country. Canada’s History identified students with the best projects and encouraged them to record a short video showcasing the research in Canada’s past.

“The Young Citizens program encourages Canadian youth to explore the stories of Canada’s history from the perspectives of their own hometown, province and country,” says Janet Walker, Canada’s History President & CEO. “The 26 student winners exemplify the passion of Canada’s youth who are actively discovering their past and its significance to their lives today.”

Some 170 videos were posted online and reviewed by a panel of judges for a chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend Canada’s History Youth Forum. The judges decided half of the students’ scores, while online voting made up the other half. Two winners were selected from each province and territory.

Topics of the winning videos included Chinese immigration to Canada, the music of New France, and a Nova Scotia privateer.

The Young Citizens program is generously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Youth Take Charge Program, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, and the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Table on Culture and Heritage.

Click here to view Kirsten’s award winning video on the James Bay Treaty.

Fair cancelled; adjudication evening re-located

Notice has gone to all registered schools who are participating in this year’s Regional Fair that the April 30 Fair has been cancelled as a result of the labour dispute between the DDSB and OSSTF. We’d like to thank the community partners who had committed to presenting a workshop to the more than 100 students that were to participate in the Fair.

Although the Fair has been cancelled, the Adjudication Evening and Awards Night will continue. The Adjudication Evening on April 29 has been re-located to Glen Dhu Public School. Adjudication times for each school were sent our by email last week. There has been no change to those times. The Awards Ceremony will also continue as planned on May 13. Details on a venue change for the ceremony will be announced in the coming days.

Student registration is now open!

Student registration is now open for this year’s Fair. All the details, including school allocation went out in Friday’s email. You’ll need the password in that email to register students. Please remember that registration is due by April 15, 2015.

Other upcoming dates to remember include the deadline for lunch orders to be submitted through the Board courier (as known as the “red bag”) on April 21, the Adjudication evening on April 29, the Regional Fair on April 30 and the Awards Celebration Evening on May 13.

The Ontario Heritage Fairs Association has also confirmed the date for this year’s Provincial Fair to be held in Toronto on June 13-14.