Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 22, 2009 10:00 ET

Dean Del Mastro Announces the Canada Day Poster Challenge 2009 Finalist for Ontario

UNIONVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Dean Del Mastro, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (Peterborough), today announced the names of the winners in four age groups and the provincial finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge.

The Ontario finalist, Jacky Lu, age 14, attends Jian Wang Art Studio in Toronto. He interpreted this year's theme, "With Glowing Hearts," with style and originality by featuring images of the Peace Tower and five Canadian winter athletes connected to a heart, symbolizing the shared pride we feel as Canadians.

"I am proud to see how creative and inspiring our young Canadians are," said Minister Moore. "All of the participants were able to show us how they see Canada-from the splendour of its landscapes to the wealth of its history and cultural diversity."

"With the 2010 Winter Games less than a year away, the Poster Challenge has allowed thousands of young people from every part of the country to take part in the excitement and to once again demonstrate that these Games are truly Canada's Games," said Mr. Del Mastro. "Congratulations to everyone who took on the Poster Challenge."

In Ontario, more than 5400 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 rose to the Challenge this year. The provincial finalist was chosen from among the four winners in the following age groups:

- 5 to 8 years: Kelly Hu, age 6, Jian Wang Art Studio, Toronto

- 9 to 11 years: Anna Ananchenko, age 11, Thornhill Woods Public School, Thornhill

- 12 to 14 years: Jacky Lu, age 14, Jian Wang Art Studio, Toronto

- 15 to 18 years: Nicco Miranda, age 17, St. Robert Catholic High School, Thornhill

Jacky will be among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists who will go to Ottawa in June to participate in the Canada Day celebrations. As a finalist, he also has a chance to win this year's special grand prize: an all expenses paid trip to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

The grand prize winner is chosen from among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists. The winner's work will become the official poster for Celebrate Canada and will be distributed nationwide.

Created in 1987, the Poster Challenge program encourages young Canadians to learn more about Canada, which makes them even more proud of our country and strengthens their feeling of belonging.

For more information on the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge, visit

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations