Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 22, 2009 14:30 ET

Minister Moore Announces the Canada Day Poster Challenge 2009 Finalist for British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the names of the British Columbia winners in four age groups and the provincial finalist in the 2009 Canada Day Poster Challenge.

The British Columbia finalist, Atalanta Shi, aged 13, attends Burnaby North Secondary, in Burnaby. She interpreted this year's theme, "With Glowing Hearts," with style and originality. Atalanta demonstrated her passion for Canada and its culture by painting images of provincial flowers, Celine Dion, snowy mountains, and the 2010 Olympic mascots.

"I am proud to see how creative and inspiring our young British Columbians 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 our country to take part in the excitement and to once again demonstrate that these are truly Canada's Games."

In British Columbia, more than 4700 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: Rachelle Yau, age 8, Howard De Beck Elementary, Richmond

- 9 to 11 years: Julie Liying Zhu, age 11, St. Francis of Assisi Elementary, Vancouver

- 12 to 14 years: Atalanta Shi, age 13, Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby

- 15 to 18 years: Chih Hao Shyu, age 15, Prince of Wales Secondary, Vancouver

"Rachelle, Julie, Atalanta and Chih Hao should all be proud of their posters. Each one demonstrated talent and imagination, and helped all of us get into the spirit of Canada's Games," added Minister Moore.

Atalanta 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, 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