Canadian Heritage

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May 22, 2009 15:00 ET

Member of Parliament Kelly Block Announces Canada Day Poster Challenge 2009 Finalist for Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Kelly Block, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), today announced the names of the winners in four age groups and the provincial finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge.

The Saskatchewan finalist, Allison Forseille, age 15, attends Bethlehem Catholic High School in Saskatoon. She interpreted this year's theme, "With Glowing Hearts," with style and originality. Allison's poster includes Canadian landmarks and Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their supporters from around the world, framed by the iconic maple leaf. By including images that all Canadians can relate to, she has captured the spirit of Canada from coast to coast to coast.

"I am proud to see how creative and inspiring our young Canadians are. 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," said Minister Moore. "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 demonstrate once again that these are truly Canada's Games. Congratulations to everyone who took on the Poster Challenge."

"In Saskatchewan, more than 2500 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 rose to the challenge this year-this represents more than twice the number of entries received last year," said Mrs. Block. "Allison, Jean, Jarrett, and Kallin each depicted, in their own creative way, the success of our athletes, our cultural history, and the natural landmarks that characterize our great country. Congratulations! You all deserve a winning spot on the podium."

The provincial finalist was chosen from among the four winners in the following age groups:

- 5 to 8 years: Kallin Kehrig, age 8, Bruno School, Bruno

- 9 to 11 years: Jarrett Metheral, age 11, Yellow Grass School, Yellow Grass

- 12 to 14 years: Jean Huang, age 14, Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, Regina

- 15 to 18 years: Allison Forseille, age 15, Bethlehem Catholic High School, Saskatoon

Allison 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, she 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'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 www.posterchallenge.pch.gc.ca.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    Canadian Heritage
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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    Francine D. Lefebvre
    A/Director, Regional Communications
    204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-229-5283
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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