Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 09, 2008 17:00 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 Winners for Alberta

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Dana Lychak, age 12, from New Myrnam School in Myrnam, is the provincial Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 finalist for Alberta. This year's theme was My Canada Today!

John Williams, Member of Parliament (Edmonton-St. Albert), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and His Honour the Honourable Norman L. Kwong, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, today announced the provincial finalist, as well as regional winners by age category.

"Throughout Canada, we have the chance to celebrate the talent of our young people. In their posters, these young people have brilliantly shown what Canada represents for them," said Minister Verner. "Their artwork beautifully reflects our identity, our history, and how these young artists see the future."

"The Canada Day Poster Challenge encourages young Canadians to show us Canada through their eyes and explore the many facets of our country, from its landscape and heritage to its people, cultures, and ideas," said Mr. Williams. "This contest provides them with an opportunity to display their creativity while demonstrating their pride in being Canadian."

"It's wonderful to see the creativity, enthusiasm, and sense of pride that shines through in the artwork young Albertans have created to celebrate our country and the many important things that it means to be a Canadian," said His Honour the Honourable Norman L. Kwong. "I'm happy to congratulate this year's award winners and to thank every young person who participated in the Poster Challenge."

"I am very proud to recognize such amazing talent in our Canadian youth," said Marilyn Milavsky, President of the Celebrate Canada Committee for Alberta. "How these young people are able to capture and identify our Canadian history and values in such artistic splendor is an inspiration for us all."

More than 1700 young people aged 5 to 18 from across Alberta participated in this year's Poster Challenge. The provincial Alberta finalist was chosen from among four winners in the following age categories:

Ages 5 to 8 Melissa Atefi, 8, St. Joseph Elementary Catholic, Spruce
Ages 9 to 11 Grant Spink, 9, Olympic Heights Elementary School, Calgary
Ages 12 to 14 Dana Lychak, 12, New Myrnam School, Myrnam
Ages 15 to 18 Katrina Pelke, 15, Parkland Composite High School, Edson

The work of the overall national winner, chosen from among the 13 provincial and territorial winners, will be chosen to appear on the official 2008 Canada Day poster, which will be distributed across the country. The winning artist will be announced this month. In addition, the 13 provincial and territorial winners will travel to Ottawa, where they will join thousands of other Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada Day. As a special feature this year, they will continue on to Quebec City where, on July 3, they will take part in the big celebration of the city's 400th anniversary. The year 1608-the date of the foundation of Quebec City-is a historic date for all of Canada and North America. It is from that date that we truly started to become what we are today.

From June to September 2008, the 13 finalists' posters will be on display at the Canadian Children's Museum, located in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.

Initiated in 1987, the Canada Day Poster Challenge has become one of the most popular programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Winners will receive prizes from our official partners in the 2008 Poster Challenge: the Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc), the Trans Canada Trail, the Historica Foundation of Canada, the Dominion Institute, and the Canadian Children's Museum.

To find out more about the Canada Day Poster Challenge, visit

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    604 666-6504