Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 07, 2008 19:30 ET

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

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - Stephanie Hunt, age 12, from Ecole John Henderson in Winnipeg, is the provincial Canada Day Poster Challenge 2008 finalist for Manitoba. This year's theme was My Canada Today!

Joy Smith, Member of Parliament (Kildonan-St. Paul), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today participated in the awards ceremony announcing the provincial finalist, as well as regional winners by age category.

"Throughout Canada, we celebrate the creativity and talent of our young people. In their posters, they 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 is an excellent opportunity for young people to show their pride in being Canadian. It gives them the opportunity to explore the beauty of Canada's landscapes, the richness of its history, and the diversity of its culture," said Mrs. Smith.

More than 1,450 young people aged 5 to 18 from across Manitoba 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: Stephanie Lowe, age 8, Sargent Park School, Winnipeg

Ages 9 to 11: Emma Wolfe, age 11, Beaumont School, Winnipeg

Ages 12 to 14: Stephanie Hunt, age 12, Ecole John Henderson, Winnipeg

Ages 15 to 18: Rodeleen Reyes, age 15, St. Boniface Diocesan High School, Winnipeg

One of the 13 finalists' works, selected from all the provinces and territories, 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 in May. In addition, the 13 provincial and territorial finalists 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, the finalists 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
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications and Executive Services
    Prairies and Northern Region