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May 22, 2009 14:30 ET

Minister Gail Shea Announces 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge Finalist for Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (Egmont), today announced the names of the winners in four age groups and the provincial finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge.

The Prince Edward Island finalist, Rachel (Areum) Kim, aged 16, attends Colonel Gray Senior High School in Charlottetown. She interpreted this year's theme, "With Glowing Hearts," with style and originality. With a beautiful backdrop of images of nature and Canadian symbols, Rachel celebrates Canada's growth as a nation through the glowing hearts of every Canadian, whose appreciation of Canada as an increasingly diverse nation will continue to grow into the future.

"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 once again demonstrate that these are truly Canada's Games. Congratulations to everyone who took on the Poster Challenge."

"Young Islanders have joined students from all parts of Canada and used their creativity and their imagination to colourfully illustrate what inspires them most about their country," said Minister Shea. "I wish to congratulate them all for their effort, particularly our winners Katie, Bailey, Charlotte, and Rachel."

In Prince Edward Island, more than 325 young people 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: Katie Mahar, age 8, Georgetown Elementary School, Georgetown

- 9 to 11 years: Bailey Campbell, age 9, Georgetown Elementary School, Georgetown

- 12 to 14 years: Charlotte Large, age 12, Stonepark Intermediate School, Charlottetown

- 15 to 18 years: Rachel (Areum) Kim, age 16, Colonel Gray Senior High School, Charlottetown

Rachel 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 is 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 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge, 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