Governor General's History Awards to be Presented at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, Oct. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present teachers and other outstanding Canadians with the Governor General's History Awards for their efforts to further an interest in and understanding of Canadian history and heritage. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, October 16, 2015, at10:30 a.m.

The 20th Governor General's History Awards honour exceptional achievements in five areas: teaching, museums, community programming, scholarly research, and popular media.

The Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Teaching:

  • Craig Brumwell – Kitsilano Secondary School, Vancouver, British Columbia 
  • Shashi Shergill– Connect Charter School, Calgary, Alberta  
  • Kim Sadowsky – Thom Collegiate, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Jennifer Janzen – The University of Winnipeg Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Kathryn Whitfield – Northview Heights Secondary School, Toronto, Ontario  
  • Yoland Bouchard, Collège Mont Notre-Dame, Sherbrooke, Quebec

The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!:

  • c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, the Musqueam Indian Band, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Vancouver, and the University of Waterloo

The Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Community Programming:

  • Coyote Flats Pioneer Village, Coyote Flats Oral History Project, Picture Butte, Alberta
  • Musée de la Gaspésie, Tout un héritage, Gaspé, Quebec

The Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research (Sir John A. Macdonald Prize):

  • Jean Barman, French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest

The Governor General's History Award for Popular Media (Pierre Berton Award):

  • Lawrence Hill, Hamilton, Ontario

In addition, eight national student awards and the SEVEC History Award will be presented to the following individuals: 

Kayak Kids' Illustrated History Challenge:

  • Claire Sie, Delta, British Columbia
  • Lou Savard, Saint-Jérôme, Quebec

The Government of Canada History Awards for Students:

  • Andrew Yin, Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Josiane Breton, Sherbrooke, Quebec

Aboriginal Arts & Stories:

  • Mary McPherson, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • "Nodinamaad" Isaac Narciso Weber, Toronto, Ontario
  • Sunshine O'Donovan, Merritt, British Columbia
  • Shaelyn Johnston, Burnaby, British Columbia

SEVEC History Award:

  • Jacquie Mydynski-Arp, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School,
    Swan River, Manitoba

About the Governor General's History Awards
The Governor General's History Awards were first established in 1996, by Canada's National History Society, to recognize excellence in teaching Canadian history. Since the creation of the awards, over 100 teachers have been honoured at Rideau Hall and at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec.

In partnership with Canada's leading national history organizations, including the Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Museums Association, Historica Canada, and SEVEC, the Society has worked to expand the awards to recognize the many different ways history is taught, communicated and celebrated by Canadians. The Governor General's History Awards now provide an annual opportunity to bring together museums, community organizations, writers, historians, students, teachers and media producers to celebrate Canadian history and to learn from one another. For more information about these awards, visit

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For further information: To confirm your attendance at the ceremony, please contact: Marie-Ève Létourneau, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-0287, 613-302-0912 (cell),; To book an interview with the recipients, please contact: Barbara Czech, Canada's History, 204-832-3578,

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