Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 31, 2014 11:48 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General's History Awards to be Presented at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 31, 2014) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present teachers and other outstanding Canadians with the Governor General's History Awards for their efforts to further an interest in and understanding of Canadian history and heritage. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Monday, November 3, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.

The 19th Governor General's History Awards honour exceptional achievements in five areas: teaching, museums, community programming, scholarly research, and popular media.

The Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Teaching:

  • Michael Berry - Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School, Calgary, Alberta
  • Laurie Cassie and Sharon Moy - David Livingstone Elementary School, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Gérald Charron - École Saint-Joseph PALS, Lévis, Quebec
  • Ryan McManaman and David Alexander - Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario
  • Manon St-Hilaire - Ste-Thérèse-de-l'Enfant-Jésus, St-Jérôme, Quebec
  • Connie Wyatt Anderson - Oscar Lathlin Collegiate, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba

The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!:

  • Les Musées de la civilisation, Québec, Quebec - This Is Our Story: First Nations and Inuit in the 21st Century

The Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Community Programming:

  • The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 Remembrance Committee, Goderich, Ontario
  • La Société historique du Cap-Rouge, Québec, Quebec

The Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research (Sir John A. Macdonald Prize):

  • James Daschuk, Regina, Saskatchewan - Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

The Governor General's History Award for Popular Media (Pierre Berton Award):

  • Mark Zuehlke, Victoria, British Columbia - Prolific historical writer and pre-eminent military historian

In addition, eight national student awards and the SEVEC Ambassador of History Award will be presented to the following individuals:

Kayak Kids' Illustrated History Challenge:

  • Charles Bilodeau, St-Nicolas, Quebec
  • Dominyka Taylor, Fredericton, New Brunswick

The Government of Canada History Awards for Students:

  • Noémie Cloutier, Montréal, Quebec
  • Bushra Sajjad, Brampton, Ontario

Aboriginal Arts & Stories:

  • Aviaq Johnston, Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • Andrea Lanouette, Surrey, British Columbia
  • Nicole Paul, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Mercedes Sandy, Christian Island, Ontario

SEVEC Ambassador of History Award:

  • Matt Kelly, Montague Regional High School, Montague, Prince Edward Island

About the Governor General's History Awards

The Governor General's History Awards were first established in 1996, by Canada's National History Society, to recognize excellence in teaching Canadian history. Since the creation of the awards, over 100 teachers have been honoured at Rideau Hall and at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec.

In partnership with Canada's leading national history organizations, including the Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Museums Association, and the Historica-Dominion Institute, the Society has worked to expand the awards to recognize the many different ways history is taught, communicated and celebrated by Canadians. The Governor General's History Awards now provide an annual opportunity to bring together museums, community organizations, writers, historians, students, teachers and media producers to celebrate Canadian history and to learn from one another. For more information about these awards, visit

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Contact Information

  • To confirm your attendance at the ceremony, please contact
    Marie-Pierre Belanger
    Rideau Hall Press Office

    To book an interview with the recipients, please contact
    Nicole Harris
    Maverick Media Solutions