Minister Joly Unveils the Winners and Finalists of the 2017 Canada Day Challenge

The annual competition, which had the theme "Celebrate Your Future" this year, had three national winners and six finalists

GATINEAU, QC, June 14, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the three national winners and six finalists of the 2017 Canada Day Challenge. Two aspiring young filmmakers also received an Early Bird Participation Prize in the "Here's My Canada" contest, a collaboration between Historica Canada and Canadian Heritage.

The national winners are Emily Zbaraschuk of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in the "Write it!" category; Fiona Tung of Markham, Ontario, in the "Draw it!" category; and Joshua Sprigg of Mount Albert, Ontario, in the "Snap it!" category.

The finalists are Anny Lemyre-Roy of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and Victoria Gibbs of Little Rock, Prince Edward Island, in the "Write it!" category; Laura Lima Nishida of Bedford, Nova Scotia, and Youngli You of Calgary, Alberta, in the "Draw it!" category; and Kassia Emery of Whitehorse, Yukon, and Anna Benwell of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, in the "Snap it!" category.

The two winners of the "Here's My Canada" contest Early Bird Participation Prize are Estelle Lajeunesse of Eastman, Quebec, and Emily Janzen of North Vancouver, British Columbia.

The five winners will be invited to Ottawa, starting June 27, to attend the Canada Day celebrations for Canada 150. During their trip to Canada's Capital Region, they will have the opportunity to visit Parliament, museums and national historic sites as VIP guests. They will each receive an iPad, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

Other prizes will also be awarded to the winners and finalists, thanks to the support of various official collaborators.


"Canada is filled with extraordinary young talent, and the Canada Day Challenge shows that our youth are bursting with ideas, projects and dreams. In this year of Canada 150 celebrations, the theme 'Celebrate Your Future' was quite timely. It allowed young people to reflect on our past and express their vision for Canada's future and their own. It's very inspiring! Congratulations to the winners and all the participants in the 2017 Challenge."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick Facts

The winners and finalists will receive several wonderful prizes.
Canadians can admire the works of the winners, as well as the finalists, by visiting the Canada Day Challenge website.
The winners and finalists will be exhibited at the Canadian Museum of History from June to September 2017.
The theme of the 30th Canada Day Challenge was "Celebrate your future!"
The video contest "Here's My Canada" is a Canada 150 Signature project presented by Historica Canada. The contest, open to youth and adults, will end August 31, 2017.
The official collaborators of the 2017 Canada Day Challenge are the National Film Board of Canada, Parks Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Encounters With Canada, the Trans Canada Trail, the Canada Post Corporation, the Canadian Museum of History and the Royal Canadian Mint.

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Tables – 2017 Winners

Draw it!

Fiona Tung, age 17, Markham, Ontario – national winner

Laura Lima Nishida, age 15, Bedford, Nova Scotia – finalist

Youngli You, age 18, Calgary, Alberta – finalist

Snap it!

Joshua Sprigg, age 14, Mount Albert, Ontario – national winner

Kassia Emery, age 9, Whitehorse, Yukon – finalist

Anna Benwell, age 13, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia – finalist

Write it!

Emily Zbaraschuk, age 14, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – national winner

Anny Lemyre-Roy, age 18, Trois-Rivières, Quebec – finalist

Victoria Gibbs, age 16, Little Rock, Prince Edward Island – finalist

"Here's My Canada" video contest

Estelle Lajeunesse, age 14, Eastman, Quebec – Early Bird Participation Prize

Emily Janzen, age 13, North Vancouver, British Columbia – Early Bird Participation Prize


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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