40 Canadian teens to be offered chance to write, videotape interviews and report on their experiences at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Forty budding teenage journalists or
videographers from across Canada will have the opportunity to cover history in
the making at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games through a
new program called Historica-Dominion at the Games.
    To nab their spot at the Games, teens aged 16- to 18-years-old are
invited to enter competitions - two national (one creative writing-based and
one video-based) and/or a regional essay competition aimed at Vancouver
students - describing why they should have this once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity. Competition submissions can be made at www.fyicanada.ca starting
    The competitions are part of a collaborative project between the newly
formed Historica-Dominion Institute, which is dedicated to creating greater
knowledge and appreciation of Canadian history, identity and citizenship, and
/EDU, the online Canadian school portal for the Games created by the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
    "Engaging Canada's next generation of young storytellers in the 2010
Winter Games and seeing and reading their unique perspectives on history
unfolding before their eyes is the driving force behind our partnership with
the Historica-Dominion Institute on this innovative project," said Burke
Taylor, VANOC's vice president of culture, celebration and education programs.
    "These Games are about creating lasting legacies for Canada and what
better way to do that than to involve our youth, put them right in the centre
of the action and provide them with a creative outlet to share their
experiences with others?" he continued. "This will be something they will
always look back on with pride and a sense of accomplishment."
    The 40 competition winners will attend sporting and cultural events, such
as hockey, figure skating and nightly Victory Ceremonies, during either the
first week of the Olympic Winter Games in February or the Paralympic Winter
Games in March. Their tickets will be provided through VANOC's previously
publicized ticket program for those who might not have the means to attend
Games events. After attending these events, they will record and write daily
about their own personal experiences at the Games and will also have the
chance to interview retired Olympian and Paralympian stars, artists and Games'
    Their best video diaries and articles will be shared with the entire
world - live from Vancouver and Whistler - at www.fyicanada.ca and
www.vancouver2010.com/edu from February 10 to 17, 2010 and March 10 to 17,
    "We're pleased to partner with VANOC through the Historica-Dominion at
the Games initiative," said Avie Bennett, chairman of the Historica-Dominion
Institute. "This partnership allows us to bring youth from across Canada
together in Vancouver and Whistler to experience and chronicle history in the
making at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This is a
remarkable opportunity for these young people to connect with each other, to
learn about our country through each other and to experience Canada's sporting
present, while learning about its impressive past."
    Eight students from across Canada will be chosen, along with 26 from
Metro Vancouver, as well as six students with disabilities, who will be
selected through criteria set by 2010 Legacies Now, a British Columbia-based
not-for-profit society that is partnering on the project. Competition winners
will be announced in late October. Each of the competitions will be judged by
a separate panel.
    The 40 participants will be required to pay a registration fee of $625 to
cover their meals, local transportation and other costs during their week at
the Games. Some students will take part in a homestay program where students
from other regions will stay with those located in Metro Vancouver. Students
from areas outside British Columbia will have their transportation to the
Games region provided by the federal Department of Canadian Heritage.
    For more information on Historica-Dominion at the Games, visit
www.fyicanada.ca and www.vancouver2010.com/edu. At /EDU teachers can also find
Games-related resources related to school curricula and share with the world
the innovative projects happening in their classrooms on the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

    About The Historica-Dominion Institute

    The Historica-Dominion Institute is a national charitable organization
that was launched on September 1, 2009 through the amalgamation of two
existing organizations: The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion
Institute. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a
greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of
Canada. Some of its signature programs include: Encounters with Canada
(Canada's largest youth forum), FYICanada.ca (a social networking site aimed
at youth) and the Canadian Encyclopedia (the official resource of the
Historica-Dominion at the Games project). You are invited to discover The
Historica-Dominion Institute at www.historica-dominion.ca.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Erin Mikaluk, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-2471, erin_mikaluk@vancouver2010.com; Chantal
Gagnon, Historica-Dominion Institute, (416) 575-3627, cgagnon@histori.ca

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