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April 16, 2009 12:30 ET

Member of Parliament Sylvie Boucher Announces 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge Finalist for Quebec

PONT-ROUGE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Sylvie Boucher, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament (Beauport-Limoilou), today announced the names of the winners in four age groups and the provincial finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge.

The Quebec finalist, Anne-Marie Ouellet, age 15, attends Ecole secondaire Saint-Charles in Pont-Rouge. She interpreted this year's theme, "With Glowing Hearts," with style and originality. On a brightly coloured background, Anne-Marie created a predominant representation of the Olympic torch, which harbours in its heart stylized athletes, each performing their respective winter Olympic discipline. In each corner of the poster, there are majestic landscapes that depict Canada's cultural diversity and geographical riches.

"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. "Congratulations to everyone who took on the Poster Challenge."

"Using their creativity and imagination, our young people demonstrated, yet again, their blossoming artistic talents," said Ms. Boucher. "In effect, by creating scenes describing their favourite sport, Emily, Taylor, Anais, and Anne-Marie each depicted, in their own 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."

In Quebec, 2184 participants between the ages of 5 and 18 rose to the Challenge this year. The provincial finalist was chosen from among the four winners in the following age groups:

- 5 to 8 years: Emily Eadie, age 6, Ecole Notre-Dame du Sacre-Cour, in Chapeau

- 9 to 11 years: Taylor Chaput, age 11, Dr. Wilbert Keon School, in Chapeau

- 12 to 14 years: Anais Bourassa-Denis, age 14, College Jesus-Marie, in Sillery

- 15 to 18 years: Anne-Marie Ouellet, age 15, Ecole Saint-Charles, in Pont-Rouge

Anne-Marie will be among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists who will go to Ottawa in June to participate in the Canada Day celebrations.

The name of this year's grand-prize winner will be announced in May and will be chosen from among the 13 provincial and territorial finalists. The 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 Canada Day Poster Challenge 2009, please visit

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations