GATINEAU, QC, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister
of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that
Calvin Chan, of Markham, Ontario, is the national winner of the 2012
Canada Day Poster Challenge. Calvin's poster was selected from among
thousands of entries from across Canada for his incredible
representation of this year's theme, "1812: The Fight for Canada."
"Congratulations to Calvin Chan and the finalists from every province
and territory," said Minister Moore. "I would like to thank all the
young people who submitted their artwork and showed how important the
War of 1812 was as a defining moment in our history."
"The hands in my poster represent all the different people whose
bravery, loyalty and sacrifice helped to build the beautiful, golden
country that is Canada today", said Calvin Chan when asked to explain
the meaning of his poster design. "The War of 1812 is an important
milestone in Canada's history because if we had lost, Canada would not
be what it is today."
Calvin's design will become the official Celebrate Canada poster. As the
national winner, he will receive a laptop computer and will spend one
week in Ottawa with Encounters with Canada, Canada's largest youth forum. Second-place finalist Gabrielle
Morrisseau, of Laval, Quebec, and third-place finalist Amber Butler, of
Trenton, Nova Scotia, will each receive a laptop computer.
The national winner and the 12 finalists from the other provinces and
territories will also each receive a week's visit to the Montréal and
Niagara regions to visit War of 1812 National Historic Sites, courtesy
of Parks Canada.
From June to September 2012, Calvin's poster, along with those of the 12
provincial and territorial finalists, will be on display at the Canadian Children's Museum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. The winning
posters can also be viewed at www.posterchallenge.pch.gc.ca.
The Poster Challenge is part of the Celebrate Canada program, which
provides financial support to over 1,700 organizations for local
activities organized during the Celebrate Canada period. This 11-day
period from June 21 to July 1 includes celebrations for National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and Canada Day on July 1.
Finalists in the 2012 national Canada Day Poster Challenge:
Calvin Chan, age 16, Markham, Ontario (national winner)
Gabrielle Morrisseau, age 16, Laval, Quebec (2nd place)
Amber Butler, age 12, Trenton, Nova Scotia (3rd place)
Akshaya Lakshmi, age 12, Fort McMurray, Alberta
Kevin Wu, age 14, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Magdalena Szpakowski, age 11, Winnipeg, Manitoba
SunMin Park, age 11, Riverview, New Brunswick
Shauna Barton, age 15, Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador
Larrianna Michel, age 11, Behchoka, Northwest Territories
Suzanne Qavavau, age 14, Taloyoak, Nunavut
Sawini Fernando, age 16, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Jubille Magkasi, age 10, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Yataya van Kampen, age 12, Whitehorse, Yukon
The official sponsors of the Poster Challenge are Parks Canada,
Encounters with Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada
Post, the Trans Canada Trail, and the Royal Canadian Mint.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)