TORONTO, June 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto will welcome 70 young Ontario
historians from 20 different regions of Ontario to the 2012 Ontario
Provincial Heritage Fair at the William Doo Auditorium, University of Toronto, 45 Willcocks Street,
Monday, June 11, 2012. The showcase of student projects is open to the
public from 9 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will be the guest speaker at the Opening Ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.
"The outstanding work of these students, who have already excelled at
the 'regionals' in their respective communities, is to be commended
going above and beyond in their efforts to keep Canadian history vital
and relevant," said the Lieutenant Governor.
The Ontario Provincial Heritage Fair brings together exceptional
students from grades four to ten to share in a celebration of Ontario's
rich multi-cultural history and heritage. The students are chosen from
the twenty Ontario Regional Heritage Fairs held in April and May and
they are coming to Toronto to share their research projects with other
delegates and the public.
The young Ontario historians will share many amazing stories from
Canada's past. Personalities and events of The War of 1812, the World
Wars, Camp X and the Titanic share the spotlight with stories of family
and community. First Nation students share the customs and ceremonies
unique to their culture; students from immigrant backgrounds relate the
successes and challenges their ancestors faced as they helped create
the diverse landscape of present day Ontario and Canada; proud young
students from 20 regions of Ontario tell the stories of family members
and their communities.
28 of the delegates are also Ontario's representatives in the new
national program, Young Citizens, offered by Canada's History. Videos created by Ontario's Young Citizens show the historical
significance of a place, person or event from Canada's rich past. The
national launch of the on-line component of the program will be part of
the Opening Ceremonies. The Young Citizens program is funded in part by
the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The Ontario Heritage Fairs program is a volunteer initiative based on the belief that engaging children in
the history of their communities helps them develop into responsible,
well-informed citizens. Aimed at students aged 9 to 15, the Fairs
inspire young people to explore personal and collective Canadian
experiences in any number of media - displays, painting, sculpture,
prose, music or computer-based projects. The delegates at the
Provincial Fair represent the more than 40,000 Ontario students from
over 30 school boards, private schools and homeschoolers who
participated in the 2012 Fairs program.
SOURCE Ontario Heritage Fairs Association
For further information:
interviews or full descriptions of the 70 projects please contact:
Provincial Fair Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Fairs Association
Mobile: 613.484.0664 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org