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May 20, 2010 13:45 ET

Minister Moore Announces 2010 Canada Day Poster Challenge Winner

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that Annie Yu of Burnaby, British Columbia, age 14, is the national winner of the 2010 Canada Day Poster Challenge, which took place under the theme "My Canada is…"

"Congratulations to national winner Annie Yu, as well as all the provincial and territorial finalists who illustrated what Canada symbolizes for them," said Minister Moore. "I salute all the young people across the country who helped make such a success of this year's Poster Challenge, which attracted more than 10,000 participants from across Canada. What great talent we have in this country!"

Asked to explain her drawing, Annie said, "In my eyes, Canada is the light of our future. No matter what direction or angle you look at, no matter what time in your perspective; to me, Canada can always show its inner beauty."

Annie's grand prize is a laptop computer complete with software and a carrying case. Her work will become the official poster for Canada Day and Celebrate Canada.

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

  • 5 to 8 years: Noelle Yau, age 6, Howard De Beck Elementary, Richmond
  • 9 to 11 years: Mary Mao, age 11, Walton Elementary School, Coquitlam
  • 12 to 14 years: Annie Yu, age 14, Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby
  • 15 to 18 years: Sammi Xia Wu, age 15, Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby

The Poster Challenge is a very popular program that, every year, invites Canadians aged 5 to 18 to visually express what inspires them about their country. The theme for this year, "My Canada is…" allowed participants to express their enthusiasm and pride in Canada.

The works of all 13 provincial and territorial finalists can be admired at

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

Information Sheet

Finalists in the 2010 national Canada Day Poster Challenge:

  • Annie Yu, age 14, Burnaby, British Columbia (national winner)
  • Eugenia Zhang, age 13, Toronto, Ontario (2nd place)
  • Kayli Ylioja, age 15, Outlook, Saskatchewan (3rd place)
  • Shadunjen Van Kampen, age 11, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Rachelle Robin, age 15, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Katlyn Levesque, age 14, Plaster Rock, New Brunswick
  • Véronique Samson, age 13, Pont-Rouge, Quebec
  • Elena Saad, age 8, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Matthew Ryan Benteau, age 11, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia
  • Diane Totalik, age 16, Taloyoak, Nunavut
  • Richelle Daniels, age 16, Hay River, Northwest Territories
  • Jessica Anne Cutler, age 15, St. George's, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Colette Bachand, age 15, Cardiff Echoes, Alberta

From June to September 2010, Annie Yu's work, along with that of the 12 other provincial and territorial finalists, will be on display at the Canadian Children's Museum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.

We thank the official sponsors of the Poster Challenge—the Historica-Dominion Institute, the Trans Canada Trail, and the Canadian Children's Museum. These partners also provide prizes for the winners.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations