Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 09, 2008 19:00 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 Winners for British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Chrissy Wang, age 14, from Pinetree Secondary School in Coquitlam, is the provincial Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 finalist for British Columbia. This year's theme was My Canada Today!

Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament (Fleetwood-Port Kells), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and His Honour the Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, 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."

"I am pleased to be a part of an event that offers young people valuable learning experiences and encourages their interest in and appreciation of arts and Canadian culture," said Mrs. Grewal.

"It is great to see the diversity of Canada captured so beautifully by the young people of our country," said Warren Smith, President of the Celebrate Canada Committee for British Columbia. "I take great pride in knowing that our country and the values we hold dear continue to inspire young artists from across the province to share their vision of Canada with their fellow Canadians."

More than 2000 young people aged 5 to 18 from across British Columbia participated in this year's Poster Challenge. The provincial finalist was chosen from among four winners in the following age categories:

Ages 5 to 8 Abigail Dehod, 5, Heritage Christian Online School,
Ages 9 to 11 Catherine Chan, 10, Saint Francis Xavier, Vancouver
Ages 12 to 14 Chrissy Wang, 14, Pinetree Secondary School, Coquitlam
Ages 15 to 18 Dandi Zhao, 18, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary, Vancouver

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 shortly. 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, Communications